Meth Lab Found Under Toddler's Bed Shows the Heartbreaking Reality of This Drug (VIDEO)

Meth labIf this isn't a wake-up call that we need to do something about the meth problem in this country, I don't know what is. In Memphis police found a working meth lab in a 2-year-old girl's bedroom -- right under the bed in which she was sleeping.

According to WREG, someone tipped police off that they suspected a meth lab had been set up in the home. When police arrived, they could smell the telltale scent of methamphetamine being cooked. When they went inside, they found the lab -- right there underneath where the little girl lay sleeping. It was reportedly a "shake and bake" meth lab, which is a "dangerous method of cooking the already toxic drug". So toxic that the girl had to be decontaminated by fire crews.

I've seen enough reports to know that this drug makes people desperate, but my God, this is horrific. With an entire house, why would they choose to put these notoriously dangerous chemicals in the girl's bedroom? In the same house is bad enough, but right under her bed? The things that could have happened to her are too horrific to even contemplate.

The girl's father, Matthew Richardson, and mother, Amanda Elrod, were arrested and charged with manufacturing meth. So far, however, only Richardson has been charged with aggravated child abuse. I would argue that they both should be charged with it, and then some. They clearly aren't fit to be parents if they willingly put their child in this kind of danger. 

While this is an extreme example of the things this drug drives people to do, across the country and around the world, there are way too many others that happen every day. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in 2009, 1.2 million Americans age 12 and older had abused the drug at least once in the prior year. It's being produced in homes across the country, and while some progress has been made in stopping it, it's still happening, and it needs to stop. Fortunately this time the little girl wasn't hurt, but there will be a next time, and anything could happen.

What do you think should happen to this couple who put a working meth lab under their daughter's bed?


Image via WREG

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They both should go down for attempted murder,but that's just me.

Blues... Blueshark77

I agree, Prima. 

nonmember avatar Anon

I agree with the above comment, those chemicals are so dangerous! I hope this little girl will get adopted to parents who truly love her and protect her...These two people do not deserve to have this little girl in their life anymore.

nonmember avatar blh

Parents who do/make drugs should lose their children automatically, IMO. Their incapable of caring for their kids and don't care about anyone but themselves.

Carme... Carmen8706

Parents like this need to lose there kid(s) and be permanently sterilized. 

BamaG... BamaGridironGrl

You say she wasn't hurt but this crap is so new, no one knows the long term side effects from being exposed to it.  Addicts already being diagnosed with mental health disorders and all kinds of things. :(  

Gloria Mendoza

That was my fist thought as well Carmen8706! They need to be sterilized, never allowed to have children again and never have rights to the child. I hope to God she has no permanent side effects and is able to lead a normal productive life. This is heart breaking!!

Martina Jones

I live in Ky. I have two kids that came out of a meth house.They were removed at 3.5 years and 22 months. The 22 month old could barely walk, the 3.5 year old has numerous delays, most of which she will never overcome from exposure. The parents having been convicted of manufacturing and wanton endangerment. The only charges the will face through family court is neglect, which is not actually a criminal case, it's only a fact finding hearing. Talk about needing refor

m....I want to scream it from the roof top!!!! Justice should be served for the kids involved.



Amanda Cargile

WTH is wrong with people?

shell58 shell58

Martina, I  too know kids with delays and other problems because of their parents doing drugs. Two children had to be hospitalized and detoxed. This is sad and the parents need to be locked up a long time.

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