Munford mother charged in meth manufacturing case - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Munford mother charged in meth manufacturing case

MUNFORD, TN (WMC-TV) - A Tipton County mother is in jail, charged with endangering her five-week-old baby.

The baby was found last week during a meth bust.  Tipton County Investigators found the newborn in a home where meth was made.

During the meth round-up last week, deputies arrested a Munford father and charged him with the promotion of manufacturing meth.

Deputies were shocked to also find his then four-week-old little girl.

Now, the little girl's mother, Andrea Cooper, is charged with aggravated child endangerment and the promotion of manufacturing meth.

"Whether she used it or not, didn't use it, regardless...the bottom line is there were drugs present in the house, there's one hundred percent evidence of use of drugs in the house," said Tipton County Sheriff Pancho Chumley.

Deputies say the baby's bed tested positive for explosive chemicals.

Pictures from the investigation showed meth making materials like Drano and Boric Acid. 
 
In an interview with Action News Five's news partner The Leader, Cooper said, "You could go anywhere and pull out the same things, so technically anybody could be in the possession of a meth lab."

Deputies say that's not the case.  They discovered Cooper recently purchased 21 boxes of Sudafed. 

"Like 49 grams of Sudafed that she bought since August," Chumley continued.

Officials believe a coffee grinder in the cabinet was used to crush pills.

"The pill crusher and the razor blade and the meth - it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what that was used for," Chumley said.

And as the number of meth cases skyrockets, the Tipton County Sheriff says he will do whatever it takes to protect innocent children.

"This is just a start...we're going to actively, aggressively and on a fluid basis seek them out...I don't care when it is...7 days a week," Chumley said.

The Department of Children's services is interviewing Andrea Cooper to make child custody arrangements for the little girl.  After those arrangements are made, DCS will then move the child under their custody.


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