Hawkins Co. couple loses children after meth lab investigation

Hawkins County couple loses children following meth lab investigation

Stanley Hart (Source: Hawkins County Sheriff's Office) Stanley Hart (Source: Hawkins County Sheriff's Office)
LeAnn Reynolds (Source: Hawkins County Sheriff's Office) LeAnn Reynolds (Source: Hawkins County Sheriff's Office)

CHURCH HILL (WATE) - A Hawkins County couple was arrested and their children removed from their custody after deputies discovered an alleged meth lab in their home.

Narcotics officials were investigating a report of an active meth lab at the home of Stanley Hart, 38, and LeAnn Reynolds, 35, both of Woodland Lane in Church Hill.

Officials said they walked in the general area of the couple's home on foot and smelled a strong chemical smell, similar to the smell of an active meth lab.

After determining that the smell was coming from the couple's home, they contacted the couple and found two children, aged 10 and 16, at the home.

Everyone inside was immediately removed from the home as a safety precaution.

After Hart and Reynolds were confirmed to be the parents of both children, both children were taken into custody by The Tennessee Department of Children's Services. They were taken to a local hospital for medical evaluations.

The Hawkins County Sheriff's Office said narcotics officers found a meth lab in a plastic bottle inside the house as well as an older meth lab on the porch of the home.

Narcotics officers removed the meth labs and their components from the home and neutralized the chemical reactions.

Hart and Reynolds were decontaminated and arrested on charges of meth manufacturing and maintaining a home where drugs are housed, sold or made. Child abuse charges are also pending.

Both are being held at the Hawkins County Jail on $100,000 bonds.

They are both scheduled to be in court Oct. 29.

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