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Manchester girl, 3, allegedly burned by meth chemicals

Posted on Monday, April 16, 2012 at 5:18 pm

By Wayne Thomas

A three-year-old Manchester child allegedly suffered from burns due to chemicals used in the production of methamphetamines in her home last week in Manchester, according to police reports.

Ashley Harrell

Ashley Harrell

Manchester police were notified Saturday of possible drug traffic at a residence on Raven Street, according to the report. When they arrived at the home, they noticed a chemical smell allegedly associated with the production of methamphetamines.

Johnathan Ryan Banks, 29, and Ashley Marie Harrell, 22, who lived at the address, gave police permission to search the residence, where they discovered a three-year-old girl with what appeared to be chemical burns on her left side and around her chest, according to the report.

According to the report, Harrell’s sister was babysitting at the time for the child’s mother, who was not at home, while Banks was asleep. She went next door to a neighbor’s residence to report that the child “got into some

Ryan Banks

Ryan Banks

chemicals and was burning.”

The sister told police that there was a bowl of green sand, which contained Drano, sodium hydroxide in the bathtub and the child got into the chemicals, according to the report.

In addition to the child who suffered the burns, there were three other young children in the residence at the time, who were taken to United Regional Medical Center for decontamination. The Tennessee Department of Children Services took custody of the children and turned them over to other family members, according to the report.

In addition to the meth chemicals, police found the house filled with trash and a cigarette butt sitting in a ham sandwich that had been left there for days. There were also roaches and other insects crawling around in the house.

According to a report by Manchester police officer Chris Patterson, trash was found throughout the house including bags of garbage.

Officers Patterson, Nilesh Patel and Jackie Matheny found bags of garbage in a bedroom that contained chemicals and products used in the production of methamphetamines, some of which had been placed in Easter baskets.

In addition to the meth chemicals, Banks admitted to police that he had recently smoked marijuana. Officer Matheny recovered a plastic bag containing what appeared to be marijuana.

Banks was charged with simple possession of marijuana, initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamines and aggravated child endangerment. His bond was set at $51,000.

Harrell is charged with child abuse/neglect for the “uninhabitable living conditions” in the residence. Her bond was set at $10,000.

Harrell and Banks are scheduled to appear in Coffee County General Sessions Court May 8.


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