Four children are in state custody after investigators say their parents were caught manufacturing meth in their home.
According to the Hawkins County Sheriff's Office, deputies wen to a home on Davis Road in Church Hill Tuesday night to check on the children who lived there. Someone had reported that the kids, who ranged in ages from seven-years-old to ten-years old, had no food.
When deputies arrived, the homeowners, David Dwight Larkins, 43, and his wife, Justine Marie Larkins, 40,agreed to allow them to search the home. Inside, they found a "one-pot methamphetamine cook," in a plastic
bottle. They immediately evacuated everyone from the home and called in the narcotics unit.
Those officers found more ingredients used to manufacture meth, along with a substance they believed to be the finished product. They also found half of a green pill, which is believed to be Klonopin, a schedule IV controlled substance.
The Larkins were decontaminated and arrested, charged with Initiating the Process of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Schedule II (Methamphetamine), Possession of Schedule IV (Klonopin), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Maintaining a Dwelling Where Narcotics are Housed or Sold.
An investigation into the possible abuse or neglect of the children is underway.
The children were taken to a local hospital to be checked out, and placed into DCS custody.