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Hixson mom arrested for making meth around kids, one burned

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HIXSON, HAMILTON COUNTY (WRCB) -- Police say the young boy was covered in second degree burns after his mother exposed him and his two brothers to meth.

Children's Services, Chattanooga Police and the Tennessee Meth Task Force are all looking into what was going on in the Hixson home. Channel 3 talked to family and neighbors Tuesday who say they had no idea anything was going on, although they'd recently noticed something seemed off.

"It's disgusting," neighbor, Kandy Deyton says.

Police found eight "one-pot" meth labs inside the Fairview Road home, where 31-year-old Elizabeth Cushwa and her three boys ages 7, 4 and 2, live.

Once inside, they found the baby with a burns on his chest and stomach. Investigators say the burns could be from chemicals used to make meth, but they can't say for sure yet.

"I just can't believe anybody would do that kind of thing with children around," Deyton says.

Neighbors say the family has lived there for several years, keeping quiet until recently, when they became paranoid that someone was always trying to break into their house.

"Usually there might be a toy or two outside, but in the last week or so, just all the kids' toys have been out in the yard," Deyton says. "I didn't know what was going on."

Channel 3 did talk to a family member who didn't want to go on camera because she said she was afraid it would make that side of the family mad at her. She says she's heartbroken to hear the news and is praying the little boy is going to be ok.

The family member went on to say she regularly babysat for Cushwa, but she hasn't come around the last couple months.

"It's just sad to hear about the kids," Ray Hardway says. "That's what everybody's worried about."

Elizabeth Cushwa is charged with making meth, child abuse, and reckless endangerment as investigators try to determine exactly what has been going on behind closed doors.

All three boys were taken to T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital for treatment and evaluations after the discovery Monday.

The condition of the youngest is unknown. Those we spoke with say they haven't been able to see him.

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