Child left behind in meth lab

By Barbara Czura - email
Posted by Dana Franks - email

GRANT, AL (WAFF) - WAFF 48 News has confirmed that a 2-year-old was left alone in a home that housed a working meth lab and some of the finished product.

Marshall County deputies received a tip of a possible meth lab at this home off Old Union Road in Grant Monday evening. When deputies arrived at the house, they saw three people running out the back door into the woods.

Deputies entered the house and found an active meth lab along with some finished product. Investigators said they continued to search the residence, thinking it was empty, when a 2-year-old girl walked out of a back room.

Deputies said the child was in the house the whole time, while crystal meth was being cooked under the same roof.

Officers stayed inside the house with the toddler. About 30 minutes later, her mother returned. Investigators said Penny Louise Pendergrass, 28, turned herself in once she realized who she left behind.

"We're finding this in a lot of circumstances, where small children in meth labs are being around the presence of these chemicals," said Marshall County Sheriff Scott Walls. "A new law was passed called chemical endangerment of a child. DHR has taken the children in custody at this point."

As for the two other suspects who fled the scene, they're not proverbially out of the woods yet.

"Several charges are still pending against the other people that were there at the house," Walls said. "We do have their names. They have not been located yet."

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Marshall County Sheriff's Office.

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