ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOX) — What began as an investigation into the well-being of several local children turned into a drug arrest when a lab for producing methamphetamines was found next to the children’s play area.
According to the Post-Dispatch, chemicals for making the drugs were found in the same boxes used to hold toys and games.
Six children, all ages 7 and under, were reportedly living in the house with Lucinda Marie Hyde, 33, and her boyfriend Sean Anthony Crews, 25.
Both Hyde and Crews were charged with attempt to manufacture drugs and endangering the welfare of a child.
The Post-Dispatch reports that the couple live in the same house with Crews’ half-brother, Allen Joseph Emery, 40, and another party, Eric Joseph Bill, 28. Emery and Bill face the same charges as Hyde and Crews.
The children – two boys and four girls – were taken by state family services. They were all present in the house while meth was prepared in the basement.
Emery reportedly told police that Cooks paid his cell phone, gas and grocery bills in exchange for buying the meth and caring for the children.
Bill would allegedly act as a lookout and guardian in exchange for free rent and meth.
All four suspects are presently being held at St. Charles County Jail, and held on individual $75,000 cash-only bonds. The house where the lab was found has reportedly been condemned.