Roane Co. Sheriff's Office say meth lab busts are traumatic and

Roane Co. Sheriff's Office say meth lab busts are traumatic and confusing for kids living in home

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Toys are scattering the front yard, a sight that's hard to see for neighbors on Dogtown Road learning a meth lab was found inside that home where a 6 year old little boy lived. Toys are scattering the front yard, a sight that's hard to see for neighbors on Dogtown Road learning a meth lab was found inside that home where a 6 year old little boy lived.
Though this case is an all too familiar one for the Roane County Sheriff's Office. "I'd say out of 10 labs we work we'll have children in 3 of them. Which is 3 too many," said Chief Deputy Tim Phillips. Though this case is an all too familiar one for the Roane County Sheriff's Office. "I'd say out of 10 labs we work we'll have children in 3 of them. Which is 3 too many," said Chief Deputy Tim Phillips.
"It's sad. You just don't expect it close to you but knowing it's right next door and it happens," said neighbor Craig Hutchinson. "It's sad. You just don't expect it close to you but knowing it's right next door and it happens," said neighbor Craig Hutchinson.
By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

KINGSTON (WATE) - Traumatic and confusing, that's how the Roane County Sheriff's Office describes what it's like for children during a meth lab bust who live inside the home being searched.

Tuesday night the Sheriff's Office says Christopher Michael Raby was caught with 2 one-pot-meth labs while his 6 year old son slept in an unfinished rodent infested house. Raby and his son had to be decontaminated, he faces child abuse charges in addition to drug charges.

We caught up with doctors and deputies to find out more on how they're trying to protect these young lives. Both say their main concern is comforting children and getting them to a safe place as quickly as possible.

Toys are scattering the front yard, a sight that's hard to see for neighbors on Dogtown Road learning a meth lab was found inside that home where a 6 year old little boy lived.

"It's sad. You just don't expect it close to you but knowing it's right next door and it happens," said neighbor Craig Hutchinson.

Though this case is an all too familiar one for the Roane County Sheriff's Office. "I'd say out of 10 labs we work we'll have children in 3 of them. Which is 3 too many," said Chief Deputy Tim Phillips.

When a meth lab is discovered with children, safety is top concern. So they're rushed to a place where they can receive medical care and be decontaminated from the harsh chemicals.

"It's pretty sad to watch a child go through that because they don't really understand what's going on. They don't realize the situation they're in is a bad situation. I've seen it personally and don't like it, it's terrible," added Chief Deputy Phillips.

Pediatricians say it can impact their health just living in a home where meth is made, causing coughing or strange breathing.

"A child that's removed from the lab really just needs to be wrapped up and loved," said Doctor Mary Palmer with East Tennessee Children's Hospital.

So how can this problem be stopped? The Sheriff's Office says the best line of defense fighting meth starts with tips that come from the community.

"That's how we're so successful in getting the meth labs," said Chief Deputy Phillips.

And protecting those who don't have a choice on where they're growing up. "It's heartbreaking for the kids that they have to go through this stuff," said Hutchinson.

The Department of Children's Services or DCS usually steps in to help find a safe place to stay.

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