Meth lab found at N. Knox County home, 3 children taken to hospi

Meth lab found at N. Knox County home, 3 children taken to hospital

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The Knox County Sheriff's Office is at the scene Monday afternoon of an active meth lab on East Emory Road at a home where three children were living. The Knox County Sheriff's Office is at the scene Monday afternoon of an active meth lab on East Emory Road at a home where three children were living.
Rickey Farris (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Rickey Farris (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
Selina Murphy (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Selina Murphy (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)
By CAMERON TAYLOR
6 News Reporter


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knox County couple is behind bars Monday after investigators found an entire meth lab operation upstairs in their home. Knox County sheriff's deputies arrested 41-year-old Selina Murphy and her boyfriend, 43-year-old Rickey Farris at their home at 5730 East Emory Road. 

Many neighbors and friends close to the family tell 6 News what's most concerning about the situation is that three young girls lived downstairs with their great grandmother. 6 News talked with their babysitter who is very worried about the children.

"I just don't want them to feel like it's their fault. You know?," said Kristie Radford, the children's babysitter.

 Radford is concerned about the three children she's babysat on and off for the past three years. They were living downstairs with their great grandmother at the home.

After issuing a search warrant, Knox County Sheriff's deputies discovered a meth lab operation upstairs Monday. Investigators arrested the grandmother of the children, 41-year-old Selina Murphy and her 43-year old boyfriend, Rickey Farris.

The six, four, and three year olds are now at Children's Hospital to make sure they're okay. 

"Like their separation anxiety, I think it'd make it worse. They may even feel like their 'mamaw' doesn't love them, which I know she does," said Radford.  

Neighbors in the area never imagined this would happen in their neighborhood and are concerned for the children's safety. 


"You just don't know anymore especially when there's kids involved. It's just terrible for the kids what they have to go through," said Bobby Day, a neighbor.

The children's great grandmother says she had no idea that there was a meth making lab right above her. The children's babysitter is hoping the situation will end positively for the girls.

"It's not fair to those little girls just because of what their parents want to do and their grandparents want to do. You know nobody's thinking about them. Nobody's thinking about the little girls," said Radford.  


Both Murphy and Farris are charged with the promotion and initiation of meth. Farris was also charged with the sale and delivery of a schedule II drug.

Knox County Sheriff's investigators expect other charges to be filed because children were living inside the home. The rental house where all of this happened is now quarantined and the owner must find a TBI certified company to decontaminate the house.
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