Crime

Three charged with endangering 4-year-old child at meth lab

Three Laurel County residents have been charged with endangering a 4-year-old child at a methamphetamine lab, according to a news release from Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

Three deputies found the child Tuesday evening after going to check on a complaint that people were making meth at an abandoned mobile home on Harris Cemetery Road, 2 miles west of London.

When a deputy knocked on the door, a child inside screamed, and deputies went in, according to the news release.

The officers found a woman and her 4-year-old child in the living room within 15 feet of an active meth lab. Such labs emit noxious fumes and can blow up.

The boy had a high temperature and seemed sick, and deputies were concerned he'd been exposed to dangerous fumes, said Deputy Gilbert Acciardo, spokesman for Root's office.

The child looked up at Deputy Greg Turner at the scene and said, "I love you," Acciardo said.

Emergency workers at the scene checked the boy and then took him Saint Joseph Hospital — London. He was later released to child-protection workers, according to the release.

Police charged the child's mother, Karen Moore, 36, of London, with manufacturing meth, controlled-substance endangerment of a child, trespassing and possession of meth.

A second woman at the trailer, Shearl S. Hampton, 38, of London, was charged with making meth, endangering a child and trespassing, according to the news release.

A man in the trailer, Ricky R. Adams, 50, of London, was charged with making meth, child-endangerment, trespassing and resisting arrest.

Police turned the child over to child-protection workers.

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