Young children found living in meth lab

Published: Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at 9:04 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at 9:04 a.m.

Putnam County deputies found a methamphetamine laboratory on Monday in a home where two small children lived.

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Deputies were dispatched to a mobile home at 230 Keuka Road in Interlachen after someone complained the home smelled like methamphetamine. One deputy looking into a kitchen window said he saw three adults “sitting around a table with what appeared to be a methamphetamine lab on it.”

When another deputy knocked on the front door, two of the adults got up from the table, take several items from the table top and go to the back of the home. Meanwhile, the third adult reportedly responded to the knock on the door by saying he was getting dressed even though deputies said they saw him fully clothed and standing behind the door.

The man eventually opened the door and deputies said they were able to confirm that the home was being used to manufacture methamphetamine. The three adults told deputies that two children, ages 16 months and five years, were asleep at the rear of the home.

Deputies said the children were sent to an area hospital for decontamination in an emergency room before being turned over to the Department of Children and Family Services.

The three adults were identified as Richard Cooper, 46, of Dover, Jennifer Malicki, 22, of Interlachen, and Jacie Edsall, 30, of Palatka. They were each charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, child abuse and possession of listed chemicals and were taken to the Putnam County Jail.

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