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Meth lab found near Child Development Center

By: Samantha Saracino Email
By: Samantha Saracino Email

A meth lab puts multiple people in danger, including children. Cumberland Police say on Friday night, they found a meth lab in a neighborhood with multiple children, located about a block away from KCEOC's Child Development Center.

34 year old Billy Baldwin and 31 year old Christa Baldwin were wanted on child support and other bench warrants, and when police went to arrest them at their home Friday night, they found 4 one-step meth labs. Officials say Billy Baldwin tried to run.

"He actually jumped out the back window of the second story and one of the UNITE officers caught him and I went up the stairs," said Michael D. Franks, Cumberland City Police Chief.

The Baldwin home, located on South Street in Cumberland, is just about one block away from KCEOC's Child Development Center...

"Safety is our most important concern and to have a meth lab anywhere near a Child Development Center is very alarming," said Tish Coldiron, the Child Development Director at KCEOC.

...and in the same neighborhood as numerous families with children, like Rodney Steven Adams and his 4 kids.

"I'm tickled to death it's gone and I hope it doesn't happen again. I hope nothing like that happens," said Rodney Steven Adams, who lives next door to where the meth lab was found.

Officials say the situation had the potential to be dangerous.

"The chemicals that were being used, they could pose a danger to respiratory problems for the children if the odors were strong enough," said Chief Franks.

The labs have since been cleaned up and removed.

Both Billy and Christa Baldwin are lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center. Only Billy Baldwin is being charged with possesion of a controlled substance to the first, second and third degree. He is being held on a 25 thousand dollar full cash bond.

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