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Two Palatka men have been arrested on methamphetamine charges after police responded Monday to a Department of Children and Families investigation regarding the welfare of a 4-year-old, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office said.

The agency was investigating a report that methamphetamine was being manufactured in the presence of a child in a home in the 5100 block of Silver Lake Drive, said Sheriff’s Office spokesman Johnny Greenwood.

Police observed two men, 32-year-old Timothy Ray Peterman and 53-year-old Elzy Leon Tootle, in the yard. Tootle was seen going behind the house and pouring out the contents of a pot. Deputies also smelled a strong chemical odor and found chemicals commonly used to make methamphetamine behind the home.

The 4-year-old, who is the child of Peterman’s girlfriend, was taken into protective custody. Peterman told authorities he was staying at the home with his girlfriend for a few days until they could move into a new home, the spokesman said.

Both men were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Tootle, who had been arrested on a similar charge in September, was also charged with tampering with evidence.

Criminal charges regarding the 4-year-old are pending.

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