PAW PAW, MI – A Paw Paw couple are facing drug and child abuse charges after their newborn baby tested positive for methamphetamine, authorities said Wednesday.
Van Buren County sheriff’s deputies and narcotics detectives began investigating the 35-year-old man and 25-year-old woman Tuesday after they were contacted by Children’s Protective Services workers at 6:25 p.m. who alleged the couple’s two-day-old baby had tested positive for meth, according to a news release issued by the sheriff’s office.
CPS workers asked deputies to go with them to the couple’s residence in the 51000 block of 35 ½ Street in Paw Paw Township to check on the infant’s welfare.
When deputies and CPS workers arrived at the address, they determined that the baby was not there and was being cared for by another adult at a different residence. After checking on the baby at that separate residence, authorities went back to the house on 35 ½ Street where they spoke to the baby’s mother and father and tried to obtain consent for a search of the residence.
Later, during a search of the house, investigators found six one-pot meth labs, two jars containing suspected meth oil from a one-pot meth lab, marijuana, additional meth-making components and paraphernalia used for smoking meth, according to the news release.
“The items/components/materials used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine were found in various locations and in multiple rooms throughout the residence, including inside of the clothes dryer,” investigators said in the news release.
Deputies said the investigation pertaining to the welfare of the infant is continuing and being handled by CPS.
Sheriff’s detectives, meanwhile, said no arrests were made Tuesday, but the investigation will be submitted for review to the county prosecutor’s office at a later date with requests for charges against the man and woman of operating/maintaining a meth lab, possession of meth, possession of marijuana, maintaining a drug house and child abuse.