UPDATE: Meth Lab Found in Child's Bedroom

By: WSAZ News Staff; Andrew Colegrove Email
By: WSAZ News Staff; Andrew Colegrove Email

UPDATE: 10/3/12 @ 11 p.m.
RACELAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Halloween decorations and toys in the front yard leave no indication there was anything unusual about a residence on Crump Street in Raceland.

Upon first glance, there was nothing odd about the 3-year-old boy's bedroom inside.

"It was just a small bedroom full of toys,” Raceland Police Chief Donald Sammons said, “what you'd normally see of a small child."

However, in the child's closet, investigators found a meth lab.

Sammons says they went to the apartment late Monday night on a domestic violence call. When they got there the father, David Wellman, was highly intoxicated. They say he let them inside, where they and the FADE Drug Task Force found several meth labs.

Wellman and the boy's mother Vicki Stepp were arrested and hauled off to jail.

Neighbors say there's no good place for a meth lab, but a kid's bedroom should be at the bottom of the list.

"Why didn't they go to the bathroom or something instead of the kid's bedroom?” Bill Reed, who lives across from that apartment, said. “That stuff blows up, catches on fire. You don't know what it would do to kids."

The boy was taken by Child Protective Services.

He was tested at the hospital for exposure to the chemicals. The results of that test are pending.

When police made that meth bust, they planned to evacuate the other apartments in the building, which is standard procedure in a meth bust.

They only had one neighbor to deal with, but that in itself was a problem.

Police say she was high on meth, so just like the boy's mom and dad, she too was hauled off to jail.

Chief Sammons says this is the fourth meth bust they've had in Raceland in just the past four weeks.

RACELAND, Ky. (WSAZ) – Police in Raceland, Kentucky, say they found a meth lab in a child’s bedroom.

A press release from the FADE Drug Task Force says the discovery was made when police went to a house in the 500 block of Crump Street on Monday to search for a person involved in a domestic violence incident.

After finding the lab, KSP’s DESI team was called to dismantle the lab. During a search of the home investigators say they found several one bottle meth labs and generators.

Raceland Police arrested David Wellman, 32, and Vickie Stepp, 27. Both are charged with wanton endangerment and possession of a controlled substance. Further charges are pending.

Both are being held in the Greenup County Detention Center.

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