ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Orangeburg County deputies arrested a couple they say were cooking meth with their children, ranging in age from six to 14, in the home at the time.
Kristen Elizabeth Vaughan, 27, and Jonathan Eric Vaughan, 28, are charged with multiple counts of unlawful neglect of a child, court records state. The two are also charged with one count of the manufacture, distribution, etc., of methamphetamine; in addition, Jonathan Vaughan is charged with one count of possession, manufacture or distribution or intent to distribute and one count of disposal or assisting in the disposal of methamphetamine waste, records state.
Officers were investigating complaints of a meth lab along Menefee Court in Cordova Wednesday when they observed numerous bottles outside the back door of a residence containing material from a meth cook, Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said.
Investigators were allowed to search the home and found items associated with a meth lab inside, a report states. Jonathan Vaughan admitted to investigators he cooked meth in the home, and Kristen Vaughan told investigators she would purchase psudoephedrine for Jonathan to use in cooking meth, Ravenell said.
"Our investigation determined as many as six children ranging in age from six to 14 have been in the home while meth was being cooked. Jonathan and Kristen's children were present while the meth was cooking. The four other children in the home were relatives of the Vaughans," Ravenell said.
This incident represents the eighth meth lab Orangeburg authorities have located in the past three weeks, Ravenell said.
"By far, this was the most dangerous because of the children that were present in the home and nearby while this illegal activity was taking place," he said.
An Orangeburg magistrate judge set bond at $40,000 for Kristen Vaughan and $60,000 for Jonathan Vaughan.