ROBERTSDALE, Ala. (WALA) - A Robertsdale man and woman are under arrest on several felony charges after Robertsdale Police said a methamphetamine lab blew up in their bathtub. It happened Wednesday, March 27, at Annandale Park Apartments.
Residents said Annandale Park is a quiet, gated apartment community in Robertsdale and is home to many families with children. Up until Wednesday morning, even the closest neighbors said they had no idea what was going on behind the door of apartment 146.
"It was a surprise, you know? They were pretty good people, and I was surprised at what happened over there," said neighbor Danny Patel.
Patel lives next door to the apartment where police said 28-year-old Jared Mims and 29-year-old Summer Miller were cooking meth when their makeshift lab blew up in the bathtub, starting a fire.
Police said the suspects didn't call the fire department. According to reports, an upstairs neighbor smelled smoke and called for help.
"They were attempting to conceal their activities," said Sgt. Rex Bishop with Robertsdale Police. "They knew what they were doing was wrong, and they did not want the fire department or police department there."
The fire had been put out by the time emergency crews arrived and no injuries were reported, but police did find Miller's 18-month-old child in the apartment.
"We're very fortunate that no one was injured," Bishop commented. "The damage was minimized as much as it was, although there was severe fire damage to the lower apartment, but there are occupants in apartments above this and several that are connected to this building."
Police said they believe the suspects were only making enough meth for personal use, but they are still facing four felony charges each including unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and chemical endangerment of a child.
Mims and Miller are scheduled to be transported to the Baldwin County Jail Thursday. DHR took custody of the child, and we've found out that the child has now been released into the grandmother's custody.
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