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Toddler slept next to 'shake and bake' meth lab

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Two Shelby County parents risked the life of their 2-year-old daughter to cook meth.

What's more disturbing is that sheriff's deputies found on Tuesday a "shake and bake" meth lab the parents used under the toddler's mattress. The little girl was sleeping underneath the mattress where that active meth lab was cooking.

Deputies received a tip about a meth lab at the toddler's mother's home. When they arrived, they smelled a strong chemical odor. Upon further inspection they discovered a one-pot "shake and bake" meth lab next to the toddler.

"Thank God it didn't explode our neighborhood," said Brandy Willis, neighbor. "It's crazy, it's ridiculous. I just couldn't believe it. It's unbelievable."

The toddler's father, 28-year-old Matthew Richardson, faces a few charges including starting the process to cook meth, aggravated child abuse and neglect. Under the sink, deputies discovered a Hydrogen Chloride (HCl) gas generator, a 12-ounce Coleman fuel, coffee filters and four feet of 1/4-inch tubing.

Then under the toddler's mattress, deputies found the active one-pot "shake and bake" meth lab.

"They should be better parents than that," Willis said.

While the toddler's mother was not home during the bust. She later turned herself in. Amanda Elrod, 31, is charged with starting the process to cook meth.  

"They said fumes were coming out of the house," Willis said. "That's scary."

Richardson admitted to officers he has provided Elrod with Pseudoephedrine, which is an ingredient used illegally to make meth. According to court documents, Richardson bought Pseudoephedrine 37 times since 2009.

The toddler was decontaminated and taken to LeBonheur Children's Hospital for evaluation.

The pair's next court date is set for Feb. 7 at 9 a.m.

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