8-week-old and other kids found living in a meth lab
HAMMOND - Three children are in state custody after sheriff's deputies said they were discovered in a methamphetamine lab in Hammond Tuesday.
The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office said it was investigating a burglary on Wardline Road when detectives smelled the drug lab. Deputies said they got permission to search the residence, and discovered a lab that had contaminated the entire home.
Four adults and three children were removed from the residence. The children are eight weeks old, five years old, and nine years old.
The Hammond Fire Department Haz-Mat team was called in for decontamination. All the residents had to remove their contaminated clothing and other items then be scrubbed with biodegradable soap.
The children were taken to North Oaks Medical Center to be checked for chemical exposure then taken into state custody.
The adults, Mark White Jr., 32, Tamara White, 29, Justin Kuffner, 30 and Jeffery Kuffner, 34, are charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and child endangerment.