Washington Co. house fire leads to meth, child abuse charges against 3

Becky Campbell • Sep 21, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Washington County deputies arrested three people early Friday in connection to a meth lab, including a woman who runs a day care in a house in front of the location of the lab, according to court documents.

Carla A. Tapp, 27, 112 Bitner Rd., Limestone, William M. Deadrick, 27, 153 Cloyd Rd., Jonesborough and Michael L. Ledford, 27, 1368 Charity Hill Rd., Elizabeth all face charges of aggravated child abuse and neglect, violation of a drug-free school zone, violation of Schedule I and Schedule IV drug laws and initiation of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Apparently Tapp and her mother operate a daycare inside the mother’s home, which sits in front of Tapps residence.

The officer did not indicate if there were any children at the daycare location Friday, but there were two children asleep inside Tapp’s residence, which is where the alleged meth lab was located.

Officers discovered the lab around 2:30 a.m. at Tapp’s home after responding to a structure fire and possible meth lab at that location. Limestone Volunteer firefighters had arrived to find that started a fire in the back bedroom of the trailer was already out.

In the back yard, firefighters saw an area of grass that was burning and attempted to extinguish it, but the grass kept igniting. When they looked closer, firefighters saw a white powder substance on the area that was burning as well as a bottle of Drano that appeared to be slightly burned.

Deputy Darrell Collins stated in court documents that he found several items used to make methamphetamine when he went inside the residence, including Coleman lantern fuel, cold packs, coffee filters, aluminum foil, Pseudopherine cold pills. He also found a container with four green pills identified as Clonezapam, a pill crusher and three marijuana pipes.

In Tapp’s vehicle, officers found a backpack that had liquid Drano, plastic tubing and other items used to make meth.

According to Collins’ court affidavit, Tapp, Deadrick and Ledford were inside the trailer when the fire started and the two children, ages 6 and 3, asleep in another bedroom.

The three will be arraigned in Washington County General Sessions Court Monday.

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