MONTICELLO – A 2-year-old girl was treated for exposure to methamphetamine after being found in a home where the highly toxic drug had been produced.
This was the second incident involving endangerment to a child in Wayne County this week.
Both 45-year-old Paul Sweet Sr. and 24-year-old Samantha Carter were charged by Operation UNITE with manufacturing methamphetamine and child endangerment (meth).
“Our investigation is continuing and additional arrests are likely,” said Dan Smoot, deputy director for UNITE.
Wayne County Sheriff’s Office deputies were following up on “numerous tips and calls” about Sweet late Thursday, Sept. 29, and went to Sweet’s and Carter’s residence on Bell Phipps Road around 11 p.m.
After receiving permission to search the home, deputies discovered between 1-2 grams of finished methamphtamine, remnants of a one-step lab, lithium strips and pills containing pseudoephedrine – the main ingredient used to create meth.
There were three other adults and the child at the residence in addition to Sweet and Carter, police said.
The child was taken to the Wayne County Hospital Emergency Room for treatment of exposure to chemicals used to make methamphetamine.
On Monday, September 26, police arrested four people after an active meth lab was found on Lovette Lane. One of those charged, 30-year-old Shelly Parrigin, was eight months pregnant. Others arrested were 38-year-old Chad Rosen (who initially gave police a false name), 35-year-old Joseph “Wally” Wallace, and 39-year-old Angela D. Wallace.
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