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Neighbor notices child smelling of ammonia; home then busted for meth

By From staff reports

Three Cabell County residents were arrested when a neighbor reported drug concerns after noticing a child smelled of ammonia.

Huntington police went Saturday to check out a home in the 700 block of South High Street in the Guyandotte neighborhood after receiving an anonymous tip. The caller told police a 3-year-old child in the home smelled of ammonia and that they feared the residents were using drugs, according to a statement issued by the Huntington Police Department.

Erin Mullins, 31, answered the door and told officers that she lives in the house with her 3-year-old child and John Cloninger, who also was in the house. The officers told her about the tip and asked if they could make sure the house was safe for her and the child.

Mullins showed them upstairs to the bedrooms and television room and then led them downstairs after they asked to see the kitchen. The officers were walking downstairs when they spotted Eric Mount, 41, who was wanted for conspiracy to operate a meth lab.

Officers noticed meth making materials in the home and called their supervisor to apply for a search warrant.

Child Protective Services was called to the scene to make arrangements for the child.

State Police were notified and also responded to the home. A trooper certified in meth labs assisted in the search and collected evidence to be sent to the State Police Forensic Laboratory for analysis.

Mount was charged with conspiracy to operate a meth lab. Mullins and Cloninger were charged with exposing a child to meth. All are being held at Western Regional Jail on $100,000 bond each.

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