A Knox County couple was arrested Monday after investigators found a meth lab in their home where three little girls lived with their great-grandmother.
According to ABC affiliate WATE-TV, the meth lab was found on the second floor of the home, on East Emory Road, while the kids and their great-grandmother lived downstairs.
The children’s grandmother, Selina Murphy, 41, and her boyfriend Rickey Farris, 43, were taken into custody. The kids’ great-grandmother told the station she had no idea there was a meth lab in the upper-level of the home.
The children, ages 6, 4, and 3, were taken to Children’s Hospital to be checked out, according to WATE. Their babysitter, Kristie Radford, spoke about her concern for the kids.
She said, “I just don’t want them to feel like it’s their fault. You know? It's not fair to those little girls just because of what their parents want to do and their grandparents want to do. You know nobody's thinking about them. Nobody's thinking about the little girls."
Radford continued on to say, “Like their separation anxiety, I think it’d make it worse. They may even feel like their MawMaw doesn’t love them, which I know she does.”
Radford wasn’t alone. Neighbors were worried about the children’s safety and never imagined this would happen in their area.
You just don’t know any more, especially when there are kids involved. It’s just terrible for the kids, what they have to go through,” neighbor Bobby Day told the station.
Murphy and Farris were charged with the promotion and initiation of meth. Farris was also charged with the sale and delivery of the drug.
Other charges are expected to filed against the couple since there were children living in the home.
The home is rental house and has been reportedly quarantined . The owner must find a TBI certified company to decontaminate the house, according to WATE.
Thursday, August 28 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-28 19:28:07 GMT
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