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Two arrested for meth, baby taken from home

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By Megan Boatwright
Channel 3 Eyewitness News Reporter

SODDY-DAISY, HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -- An 8-month-old child is in protective custody following a meth lab bust in Soddy-Daisy.  The child's mother and a man were arrested and charged with manufacturing meth and aggravated child abuse.   

The home on Eveningside Dr. is under quarantine Tuesday.  Police found working meth labs in the laundry room and bedroom closet.

"I saw the crime scene tape and thought something must have happened," says neighbor Dorothy Harvey. 

Harvey had no idea what 31-year-old Rebecca Ann Nelson and 35-year-old Vincent Edward Nelson were up to inside 113 Eveningside Dr.

"I lived that close to something that could have exploded part of the neighborhood," says Harvey,  "That bothers me a lot." 

The pair were arrested early Sunday morning when police acted on a tip.  Pills and a glass smoking device were found inside the home, along with Rebecca Nelson's 8-month-old son.

"The risk is so much more elevated when we deal with children," says TBI Meth Task Force Director, Tommy Farmer. 

The infant was immediately taken to T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital.  Farmer says whenever a child is exposed to meth they have to go through extensive testing.

"Obviously we're looking for the immediate signs and symptoms," he says.  "Beyond that we're looking for the things that aren't so obvious."  

2010 was a bad year in the fight against meth in Tennessee.  In fact the worst on record with over 2,082 labs seized across the state.  Which is why Farmer says it's no surprise the number of children rescued from meth homes jumped as well, from 280 in 2009 to 484 in 2010.

"We're dealing with chemicals that could have an impact on a child's respiratory system," Farmer says.  "It could develop into a rash and lead to long-term or permanent injuries." 

Police say the good news is the baby boy didn't appear harmed.  He is in protective custody and DCS is trying to contact extended family.

"We don't know what the long term effects are going to be on this child," Farmer says. 

Vincent Nelson has an long track record in Hamilton County including aggravated assault, resisting and attempt possession for resale in 2007.  Both Rebecca and Vincent Nelson are still in custody.  Tuesday bond was raised to $100,000- $125,000.

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