6 arrested after child found in home with meth lab

(Source: Massac County Sheriff's Department)
(Source: Massac County Sheriff's Department)

METROPOLIS, IL (KFVS) - The Massac County Sheriff's Department arrested six people after finding an active meth lab with a child in the home.

The department received a tip about an active meth lab with a small child at 1101 E. 7th St.

Deputies searched the home at 8:38 p.m. Sunday.

Eric Mitchell, 28, Donald Gilbert, 43, Debra Stafford, 34, Autumn Prader, 19, Whitney Lathem, 23, all of Metropolis and Brinna Payne, 23, of Mounds are charged with aggravated participation in methamphetamine manufacturing and methamphetamine related child endangerment.  Enhancements will be added for being within 1000 feet of a daycare and 1000 feet of a public housing, according to the Massac County Sheriff.

More than 1,300 grams of methamphetamine were recovered by the Illinois State Police Meth Response Team.

The child was taken into protective custody.

The Metropolis Fire Department were called to block traffic and in case of a fire.  The next door neighbor was asked to leave until the lab was cleaned up.

This is the second lab in a row where a child has had to be removed from the home.  Earlier this month, a 5 year old was removed from a home.

All the suspects are being held without bond until they go to court on Tuesday.

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