A Columbus man and woman were arrested Saturday night and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and neglect of a dependent.
According to Bartholomew County Sheriff Mark Gorbett, BCSD narcotic detectives, in cooperation with Columbus Police Department, executed a search warrant about 9:11 p.m. at a residence at 1330 Central Ave.
Chris Alldredge, 50, and Jamie Lane, 34, were located in the residence and arrested.
While searching the home, narcotics detectives located an 18-month-old child.
The child and a 9-year-old sibling, who was not at the residence at the time, were taken into custody by Child Protective Services.
Both children were transported to Columbus Regional Hospital for evaluation before being placed in temporary placement.
Narcotics detectives also located drug paraphernalia, marijuana, methamphetamine and equipment used in the production of methamphetamine.
Evidence at the scene suggests methamphetamine had been produced on previous occasions at the residence.
Alldredge and Lane were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, a Class B felony, and neglect of a dependent, a Class D felony. Both bonds are $75,000, and they are being held in Bartholomew County Jail.
The lab was dismantled by BCSD with the assistance of Indiana State Police.
This is the second meth lab BCSD has discovered within the past few weeks in which children have been directly exposed to the dangers of meth lab activity.
“Nothing is more revolting than a parent that would place a child in needless danger,” Gorbett said in a press release.
“Meth labs are extremely dangerous and often deadly. Labs produce deadly fumes, violent explosions and fires. I encourage anyone that suspects illegal drug activity to contact local law enforcement.”
Information can be left anonymously by calling BCSD at 379-1712.