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MUNCIE –  Their encounter terrified a 9-year-old girl, and startled the law enforcement officers involved.

On Thursday night, as they prepared to arrest a Muncie woman for selling methamphetamine to an undercover officer, members of the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office’s narcotics unit converged on her van, their guns drawn, outside the southside Wal-Mart store.B9318039551Z_1_20150710165834_000_GMMBAKS6O_1-0

Then they saw the child in the back seat, “shouting and screaming hysterically,” one officer wrote in a report.

“Child! Child! Child!” one of the officers called to his colleagues.

Efforts were then made to take the girl’s mother, Sandra Lynn Stover, 29, of the 2100 block of South Mulberry Street, into custody in as low-key a manner as possible.

Child Protective Services were called to the scene, and the girl was eventually placed in the custody of a relative.

Authorities said Stover had sold the undercover officer a half-gram of meth for $40, inviting the agent “to taste it before I go.”

During a later interview, Stover said she “sells drugs to support her kids,” and was “disappointed” in herself that she brought her daughter to a meth transaction, according to an affidavit.

Stover said four months ago, she was “cooking” meth when her lab “blew up,” apparently costing her the sight in one eye.

“She was pleased with her decision to stop making meth and just selling it now,” Corp. Lenny Popp wrote.

Investigators said they found meth in Stover’s van, near where her daughter had been seated.

The Muncie woman was being held in the Delaware County jail on Friday under a $15,000 bond, preliminarily charged with dealing in meth, possession of meth and neglect of a dependent.

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