Police: Woman made meth near kid's room

By Jessie Fowble, Producer, jfowble@wjxt.com
Published On: Aug 06 2014 11:23:35 AM EDT
Updated On: Jul 24 2014 03:53:30 PM EDT

Amanda Manning makes her first appearance in court.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

A 29-year-old woman appeared in court Thursday morning after she was arrested on several charges, including manufacturing methamphetamine, child abuse and animal abuse.

On Monday, Jacksonville police approached Amanda Manning after an anonymous caller reported about a possible meth lab at her home. Police said Manning agreed to let police search her home.

During that search, police found a burn pile in the backyard, as well as the chemicals and equipment used to make meth. Police also noticed a thick haze that permeated throughout the home. They found meth-making chemicals, marijuana pipes and a loaded handgun in one room of the house. A hazmat team was called to remove the items.

According to a police report, investigators said the active meth lab was also in close proximity of a child's bedroom, making it very likely for a child to breath toxic fumes.

Police called on Animal Control to remove two puppies that showed significant signs of being exposed to a toxic environment.

According to a police database, on July 4 Manning made one purchase for a 96-count of "Whal-Phed," a common amount and brand of ephedrine used for meth manufacturing. Manning denied having any knowledge of a meth lab inside the house.

According to a police report, there's mention of a male living inside the home with Manning. His identity has not been released, and it's unclear whether he will face charges.

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