ALLIANCE, Ohio – Some people are outraged about a Go Fund Me account set up to help an 11-year-old hit and run victim, and are asking if they can get their money back.
They’re asking because the woman who started the account, the victim’s mom, along with her husband, have been arrested after police say they found a meth lab in a secret room inside their house.
Cynthia Morris appeared on Fox 8 News along with her son J.J. on November 8, appealing to the driver who hit him to turn himself in.
“Just turn yourself in; like I said, accidents do happen every day, but be responsible for what you have done; take responsibility for what J.J. has to go through now, and how his life has changed,” she told Fox 8.
Morris started a GoFund Me account to raise money to go toward medical expenses, explaining that the family has four children and already struggles with their finances.
Since then, well-meaning and sympathetic people have contributed more than 18-hundred dollars to the account.
Alliance police say a special investigations unit had been watching J.J.’s father, Loyal Williams, 36, setting up surveillance on the same home in which Fox 8 interviewed the boy and his mother.
Audio from a police dash camera recording reveals that police found bottles of iodine in Williams’ car along with Sudafed and peroxide.
Once inside the home, authorities say they found a secret room in the basement, directly below the family room, where they say Williams was making methamphetamine.
“There was actually a false wall built in front of it and part of that wall came away which was padlocked and then the meth lab was in that room,” said Police Sergeant Michael Yarian.
The lab is one of only three that Yarian says have ever been found in Ohio.
Because there were four children living in the house, including a 6-month-old infant, police say the charges become more serious.
“It absolutely does mainly because while cooking methamphetamine the red phosphorous gas that is produced can be compared to cyanide gas which is very dangerous so you know the children make it that much more disturbing,” said Yarian.
Court documents reveal Williams is charged with illegal manufacture of drugs and illegal possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs in addition to child endangering. He was being held in the Stark County Jail on $100,000 bond.
Cynthia Morris is charged with Child Endangering; her bond is set at $25,000.
Now, some of the people who donated to the GoFund Me account are questioning where that money was actually being spent.
The website says all of the money contributed to accounts goes directly to the person who established the account, in this case Cynthia Morris, and that anyone who wants to request a refund would have to go directly to that person.
“Most people, by nature, they want to help and they did. I think a lot of people gave to that GoFund Me for the boy and now I think a lot of them are feeling betrayed because mom was involved in a meth lab that was in her house,” said Yarian, concluding, “I think people feel that their money didn’t go for the child; it went to purchase items to make methamphetamine.”