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EAST MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

UPDATE:

Ryna Vuth, the father of the 3-year-old, is charged with making meth according to the Affidavit.

The Affidavit says that Vuth gave a verbal and written statement claiming ownership of the meth lab and meth components. He said he has been cooking meth in the attic for approximately two weeks.

READ THE AFFIDAVIT HERE

The Affidavit goes on to say that Vuth advised that he was bathing his three year old daughter when he noticed smoke coming from the attic of the house; he opened the attic door and observed a jar that contained fuel and lithium metal on fire. Once he grabbed his daughter and ran across the street to call for help.

Vuth will be in court tomorrow.

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Police are investigating a meth lab explosion at an East Memphis home that sent a 3-year-old to the hospital.

Cheekwood Avenue neighbors described hearing a loud explosion during the noon hour Wednesday. When firefighters arrived they discovered a small meth lab in the attic.

Memphis police say that child was sent to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital as a precaution as they wanted him checked out.

The house was being rented to a family.

"The father was in the process of bathing the children and his meth lab blew up on him," said Dick Cochran, landlord.

Cochran identified the father as 30-year-old Ryna Vuth. There is no word yet on charges.

Detectives from the Memphis Police Department's Organized Crime Unit were going through the house in hazmat gear Friday afternoon looking for evidence.

"When I got over here and talked to the fireman they said, 'you need to see something,'" Cochran said. "So they took me upstairs and they showed me all of the meth stuff."

Cochran and his wife Nancy were renting the house out. They'd lived here for 17 years.

"Next to the furnace there was a hole that was burnt through the floor down into the living room," Cochran said.

He said a mother, father and two young children were living in the home. An ambulance brought one of the children to Le Bonheur to et check out as a precaution.

"You just don't want to have kids in danger with something like that," said David Williams, neighbor. "It's a hard thing to think about."

Neighbors coming home from work were surprised to see their street blocked by crime scene tape.

"I've never seen anything like it before, you know? Didn't expect it," Williams said.

Nancy Cochran said her and her husband were trying to give the young family a start.

"We thought the couple was going to work," she said. "Instead we find that they're making meth in our attic."

Nancy Cochran had a message for her former tenants.

"How absolutely dare you do something like this that could inflict so much damage on so many people?," she said.

Police are continuing their investigation. They're interviewing the couple who were renting the home.

Mr. and Mrs. Cochran are working with their insurance company to figure out what to do next.

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