WASHINGTON, Mo. (KMOX) – A Washington, Missouri man accused of cooking meth in a home that was being used as a child daycare center is expected to be sentenced today.
Christopher Ingram, 39, pleaded guilty in October to drug charges.
Investigators told KMOX when they raided Ingram’s home in the 1600 block of 3rd Parkway in March 2011 they didn’t expect to find children.
At the time of the raid five children were being cared for. While police were there, five more were dropped off, including Ingram’s own two children.
Sheriff’s Department Detective Sgt. Jason Grellner said Ingram cooked meth in a basement garage of the home, the daycare was in the next room.
Grellner said the garage was ventilated, but that may not have protected the children, “any of these chemicals leach out through the walls, through doorways, windows, into other portions of the property” he said. “Our obvious fear is for the welfare of the children that were being cared for there.”
Also in the house, according to detectives, was enough meth lab trash and precursor chemicals to indicate that several batches of meth had been cooked there.
Ingram pleaded guilty in October to two counts of possessing a controlled substance, one count each of possession of chemicals with intent to manufacture a controlled substance, and possession of precursor drugs with intent to make meth.
Ingram could be sentenced to a maximum of seven years in prison on the first three Class C felony charges and a maximum of four years on the fourth charge of possession of methamphetamine precursor drugs, which is a Class D felony.