Two babies were placed into protective custody today when Warsaw Police were called to a local motel and arrested three adults for manufacturing methamphetamine.
According to a news release, officers arriving on scene at the Days Inn, 2575 E. Center St., detected a strong odor coming from a rented room there. An occupant of the room opened the door and items associated with the manufacture of the illegal drug were visible by the officers.
The two children – ages 1 year old and 2 years old – were removed from the room and placed with Child Protective Services. The chemicals in the room were so strong the responding officers and occupants suffered effects of burning of the eyes and throat. The two children were taken to Kosciusko Community Hospital by child protection workers for treatment.
Police say the motel room’s smoke and fire detectors had been disabled by the occupants.
A total of five working meth bottle labs, precursors involved in the production of meth, and finished product were all found in the room and refrigerator. Some of those items, including ammonia, Coleman fuel, sodium hydroxide and hydrochloric gas, were all located in the room. Police say those are all common products and results of Meth production, and are considered toxic.
Three adults were arrested and their charges as follows:
Kristin Lea Foster, 25, of Columbia City, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, class D felony; neglect of a dependent, a class C felony; conspiracy to deal in methamphetamine, a class D felony; and possession of two or more chemical precursors with intent to manufacture a controlled substance, a class D felony.
Brandon Lee Trumbell, 28, of Warsaw, was charged with dealing in methamphetamine, a class B felony; possession of two or more chemical precursors with intent to manufacture a controlled substance, a class D felony; and possession of methamphetamine, a class D felony.
Dirk Sheldon Bock, 40, of Kendallville, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a class D felony.
All three adults were booked into the Kosciusko County Jail. The two infants are in the custody of the Division of Family Services, with a pending hearing for next week to determine their placement.
Warsaw Police officers and detectives were assisted by officers from the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department and caseworkers from the local child protective services office.