YORK CO. — Defense lawyer Chris Wellborn described the living conditions in Shealee Henigar’s home as “a terrible situation for children.”
“It’s just a sad situation where a drug addiction spiraled out of control,” said Deputy Solicitor Leslie Robinson.
York County drug agents found the “shake and bake” style meth lab at the home in Clover in December 2013.
The drugs, and drug-making chemicals, were found in the same room with Henigar’s children. She and others were cooking the highly dangerous drug only feet from the nine month old’s crib.
In the home, officers found all the ingredients for a meth lab, including pseudoephedrine, camp fuel, denatured alcohol, scales, coffee filters, acetone, sulfuric acid, instant cold packs, funnels, and other materials.
One child even swallowed some of the chemicals at one point after taking a drink from a container that was used to mix them. Another child tested positive for meth following Henigar’s arrest.
On Tuesday she was sentenced to eight years in prison. She had no criminal record before this drug arrest. Robinson said the negotiated sentence sent a message.
“Manufacturing methamphetamine is an extremely dangerous process regardless of whether children are involved, but the children just took it to another level,” she said.
In May, the father of the children, David Lee Ray Jr., also pled guilty, and was sentenced to 10 years in prison in the same case.
Robinson told Channel 9 the couple cooked the drug every day, hoping to stay high all the time.
Henigar, now 25, has since had a fourth child, who was born since she’s been in jail.
That child and the three others are still in Department of Social Services custody.