Meth lab discovered; two arrested

Thursday, August 11, 2011 | 12:24 p.m. CDT; updated 11:11 a.m. CDT, Friday, August 12, 2011

*A previous version of this story contained errors of attribution.

COLUMBIA — The Boone County Sheriff's Department and Columbia police arrested two Columbia residents after discovering a methamphetamine lab at their residence Wednesday night, according to a news release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department.

Relatives took custody of the 4-year-old son of the two people arrested.

Blake Allan Robbins, 24, was arrested on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance, endangering the welfare of a child and three outstanding warrants.

Christine Amber Poynter, 30, was arrested on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance, endangering the welfare of a child and one outstanding warrant.

The Proactive Saturation Unit of the sheriff's department and the Street Crimes Unit of the police department found methamphetamine, methamphetamine paraphernalia, chemicals and other items inside and outside the residence at 5407 Kelsey Drive at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Robbins and Poynter's son was found unharmed inside the residence, according to the release.

Items found inside the residence that could have posed harm to the child include an uncapped syringe on the floor, as well as a glass of acid on a bedroom table, Detective Tom O'Sullivan of the sheriff's department said.

The components of the lab were potentially explosive or toxic, the uncapped syringe could have pricked the child and caused him to lose blood or become infected and the acid could have spilled on him and burned his skin, O'Sullivan said.

The boy was left in the care of other relatives.

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