Akron police investigate toddler eating charcoal, find meth lab

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AKRON, Ohio- Officers were investigating a 1-year-old boy walking around an Akron apartment complex when they discovered a methamphetamine lab.

Heather Sandau (Photo courtesy: Akron police)

Heather Sandau (Photo courtesy: Akron police)

Akron police were called to Independence Avenue Sunday afternoon where they found the 1-year-old eating charcoal with stains on his mouth, police said.

Officers noticed an open apartment door and located the child’s mother, Heather Sandau, 25, and her boyfriend, Nicholas Anton, 23, asleep upstairs.

According to Akron police, the apartment had a strong chemical smell. When they returned with a search warrant, they found an active meth lab.

Nicholas Anton (Photo courtesy: Akron police)

Nicholas Anton (Photo courtesy: Akron police)

Anton was arrested, and charged with illegal manufacturing of meth, illegal assembly of meth, child endangering, possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Warrants are out for Sandau’s arrest on the same charges.

The boy was taken to Akron Children’s Hospital for evaluation and remains in the custody of children’s services.

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