The mother of a 4-month-old child was arrested Thursday night after deputies discovered she and her boyfriend were making methamphetamine in the bedroom of a home at 649 Hawes Drive in Malden, said Capt. Sean Crosier of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office.
Chelsey Hancock, 22, was arrested on charges of conspiracy to operate a clandestine drug lab, exposure of meth to first responders, exposure of meth to children, and child neglect with risk of injury, Crosier said. A warrant has been issued on the same charges for James Triplett.
Hancock was taken to South Central Regional Jail. Her baby was released to family members. Triplett fled the scene when officers arrived.
Nine motor vehicle inspection stickers were also recovered during the investigation and are believed to be stolen.Anyone with information is asked to call the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office at 304-357-0169 and ask for Deputy R.D. Meadows.