LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Three people are facing serious charges after Louisville Metro Police said they were operating a mobile meth lab with a baby inside.
It happened just before 2:30 Tuesday morning off River Road. "They knew something unusual was going on, " said LMPD Spokeswoman Alicia Smiley of the First Division officers on patrol.
The parking lots at Riverfront Park are clearly marked "closed at 11pm", but early Tuesday morning the First Division officers spotted a car there.
When they looked inside, they found Robert Keen, 21, Tony Reynolds, 24, and Stephanie Nason, 20, all of Corbin, Kentucky.
Police said Nason was holding an 18-month-old boy and the discoveries just kept coming.
"They found Sudafed, they also found aluminum foil and actually found methamphetamines in a coffee filter underneath a child's car seat," Smiley said.
They were all the ingredients to make meth, and in a car police said, they're all the highly combustible ingredients you need for a dangerous situation.
"Having a child who was being exposed to that environment, as well as the officers themselves," Smiley said, "We're just very thankful that it didn't turn out any worse than it did."
"It's really disheartening to hear about that," said Family and Children's Place President Dan Fox.
Fox said seeing children exposed to meth is unfortunately something his organization is very familiar with.
"They are in almost a toxic dump when they're exposed to that," he said, "The child really does need to be checked out and helped medically."
The child in this situation was taken to the Kentucky Department of Family Services, but police said more children are likely in harms way as they continue to see more mobile meth labs or what's left of them.
When parents aren't doing their job, Fox said it's vital for all of us to keep our eyes open just like the officer did. "When we are out and about and you see things that don't seem right, you just need to check it out and check your best instincts," he said.
The three from Corbin are charged with wanton endangerment, manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance and unlawful transaction with a minor.
Child Advocates said, if you see anything suspicious you can always call police or the state Child Abuse Hotline, that number is 877-597-2331.
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