Authorities discover 2-year-old in apartment with active meth lab

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MEDINA, Ohio — Two people were arrested after a two-year-old child was found in an apartment with an active meth lab in Medina this week.

According to a post on the Medina County Drug Task Force Facebook page, police found the meth lab in an Abbeyville Road apartment Wednesday after going there originally to speak to the residents about their excessive pseudoephedrine purchases.

Once there, the occupants consented to a search of the apartment. During the search, agents say they discovered an active meth lab. The apartment and adjacent apartments were immediately evacuated.

Erica Grabowski, 32, was arrested and charged with illegal assembly of chemicals. The charge was enhanced to a second degree felony because authorities say her 2-year-old child was in the apartment during the incident.

Jerry Canfield, 36, was not home at the time of the investigation but was later arrested on a warrant for illegal manufacturing of drugs. He was also charged with possession of methamphetamine.

The child found in the apartment was placed in emergency custody by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

The task force’s Gary Hubbard said such a situation is hazardous to all involved, with “tremendous” potential for a fire or explosion.

“Toxic fumes from clandestine labs carry the potential for prolonged or even life threatening health concerns,” he said.  “The thought of a 2 year-old child being subjected to extensive exposure to these types of hazards is unconscionable.”

Additional criminal charges will be sought against the parents, say authorities, due to the risk of harm to the child.