Walker County Sheriff Narcotics Investigator Chuck Tidwell said the residence was located at 119 Oak Drive in Jasper. Four of the five adults who were inside at the time were taken into custody on a variety of charges.
Those arrested were:
•Angela Kathleen Seal, 31, of Jasper, charged with chemical endangerment - serious physical injury; first-degree manufacture of a controlled substance; possession of drug paraphernalia; and drug trafficking.
•Michael Adam Pike, 21, of Jasper, charged with first-degree manufacture of a controlled substance; possession of drug paraphernalia; and drug trafficking.
•Dana Robin Lawson, 49, of Parrish, charged with possession of drug paraphernalia; first-degree manufacture of a controlled substance; drug trafficking; and second-degree possession of marijuana.
•Ashley Nicole Williams, 22, of Jasper, charged with possession of drug paraphernalia; first-degree manufacture of a controlled substance; drug trafficking;
The elderly female, who reportedly owned the residence, was not taken into custody, and the infant was transported to Walker Baptist Medical Center by Regional Paramedical Service as a precaution.
The child was placed in the custody of the Walker County Department of Human Resources.
“Early Thursday morning we received an anonymous tip regarding a possible meth lab at the residence where a small child was staying, so we went to the location and knocked on the door, but no one answered,” Tidwell said. “The door was standing slightly ajar and through the opening we could smell the chemical odor that comes from a meth lab, so we entered the residence.”
Tidwell said when they arrived on the scene they could hear a small child crying inside the residence.
Once inside they discovered a “working” meth lab in a laundry room not far from where a 3-week-old infant was lying on a bed next to a female subject who turned out to be the child’s mother.
“We discovered the male subject, Michael Pike, passed out at the kitchen table. Seal, the child’s mother, was passed out in one of the bedrooms with her 3-week-old baby lying on the bed beside her crying its poor little eyes out,” Tidwell said.
“We discovered an elderly female in one of the other bedrooms.”
Tidwell said they had a hard time waking the adults up, but finally managed to get them awake.
“We had RPS take the baby to the hospital, which is protocol anytime we find children in a residence where there is a meth lab,” Tidwell. “The baby was later placed in the custody of another family member.”
Walker County Sheriff’s Narcotics Investigator Blair Huddleston said the child’s mother is facing some pretty serious charges.
“It hasn’t been long since she was released from prison on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, and apparently she didn’t learn anything,” Huddleston said.
“Of the 500 plus labs I’ve worked, she is the only female I have arrested for manufacturing meth, and she’s considered the big dog among men when it comes to making the stuff.”