Toddler found sleeping on meth lab

8:28 PM, Jan 31, 2013   |    comments
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By Sabrina Hall

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WREG/CNN) - The short distance between a toddler and a meth lab in her home has shocked her Tennessee community.

Some neighbors can't fathom how a little girl could be put in that kind of situation.

Police say when investigators approached the house, they could smell a strong odor of chemicals consistent with methamphetamine emitting from this open window in front of the house.

They say in that room, a 2-year-old girl was sleeping and right under her bed: a shake and bake meth lab. It's a dangerous method of cooking the already toxic drug.

Virginia Hill, who lives in the Lake Meir neighborhood, says she had a feeling something wasn't right, here.

"Because the house was dead quiet like this, during the day, but the lights were on all night," said Hill.

Police say, in fact, somebody tipped them off that Amanda Elrod was making meth in her home. When they got there, Matthew Richardson answered the door.

Investigators say he admitted to supplying Elrod with the pseudoephedrine to make the meth, and before police arrested him, they let Richardson walk his little girl outside where fire crews had to decontaminate her.

"And about that time, here comes an ambulance with no sirens on, pulled over and put the girl in the back of the ambulance," said Hill.

She says she lost her 3-year-old granddaughter, this year, so this story is difficult to stomach.

"And what I wouldn't give to have that child back in my arms, and they have a perfectly healthy child, and they do that to them," said Hill.

Police have charged Elrod and Richardson with manufacturing meth.

Richardson is also being charged with aggravated child abuse.


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