SEVEN SPRINGS, LENOIR COUNTY - Investigators said a mother of three was operating a meth lab in the presence of her young children. The suspect, her boyfriend, and a relative have now been charged.
According to Lenoir County deputies, they raided 22-year-old Molly Annette Braxton 's home on the 4300 block of Outlaw Bridge Road in the Seven Springs area Wednesday night. Deputies said once they arrived, they found the meth lab behind the home.
Braxton's three children, all younger than five years old, were living at the home, deputies said. The youngest child is a toddler. The Lenoir County Department of Social Services took custody of the kids, investigators told NewsChannel 12.
Deputies said they also found about 1 to 2 grams of meth, ingredients to make meth, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia inside the home.
"In this case, the investigators actually found narcotics in very close proximity to items that a child would normally use, like formula and things like that," said Lenoir County Sheriff Chris Hill.
"These operations are especially dangerous," Sheriff Hill added. "They are especially dangerous for our people when they go in there to try and execute search warrants. They do present a harm to the makers. If the children are there, they're inhaling the fumes and it's bad."
In addition to Braxton, her live-in boyfriend, 30-year-old Winfred Adam Hansley, was also arrested. Both have been charged with several felonies: manufacturing methamphetamine, possessing methamphetamine, and maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances. They were each placed in the Lenoir County Detention Center under a $60,000 secured bond.
A relative of Braxton, 27-year-old Jamie Dee Albritton, of Bland Howell Road in Kinston, was arrested as well. She has been charged with possession of methamphetamine and was jailed under a $5,000 secured bond.
"It is a sad state of affairs when you have caregivers making meth around children," said Sheriff Hill in a statement Thursday morning. "Apparently, these people care nothing for themselves or the children. It amazes me the length addicts will go when under the spell of this dangerous narcotic."