HAMMOND, LA (WAFB) - Deputies with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office were investigating a burglary at a home in Hammond when deputies noticed the strong chemical odor of a meth lab.
When they searched the home, they found an active methamphetamine laboratory inside the home. Also in the home were four adults, a 9-year-old child, a 5-year-old child and an 8-week-old infant.
Officials say the children and adults had to be decontaminated, which includes removing of all contaminated items and clothing and having the body washed with biodegradable soap.
All three children were taken to the hospital to be examined because they were exposed to the hazardous chemicals. The children were placed in the custody of the state.
Mark White, Jr., 32; Tamara White, 29, both of Hammond; Justin Kuffner, 31, and Jeffery Kuffner, 34, both of Robert, LA, were all charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and three counts of child endangerment.