(WBIR) A meth lab, methamphetamine, and needles were found inside a bedroom Thomas and Melanie Hamby shared with their two children, ages 14 and 7, according to the Knoxville Police Department.
The couple along with Joshua Lyons are facing meth-making charges after police discovered the illegal items inside their south Knoxville home at Stonewell Apartments on Sevier Avenue Tuesday night.
Officials said they believe at one point a meth lab also started a fire in the apartment. Officers found scorched areas in the kitchen and freezer where it looked like someone tried to put out the fire with a broom but eventually threw it into the freezer.
Authorities said they're continuing to investigate, but three of the four adults found in the apartment are facing the following charges: manufacturing of methamphetamine, promotion of meth manufacture, and drug paraphernalia. Additional charges are pending, said police.
Crews took the children to East Tennessee's Children Hospital for evaluation. The Department of Children's Services have since placed the children in a family member's care.
Knoxville police found a meth lab in South Knoxville Tuesday with two children inside.
They investigated a unit at Stonewall Apartments on Sevier Avenue shortly before 8 o'clock. Police say they found evidence of a meth lab. Four adults were inside, and so were a 14-year-old and 7-year-old child.
The Knoxville Fire Department is decontaminating the scene and checking the health of everyone in the apartment.
The Family Crimes Unit and the Department of Children's Services are investigating.
Knoxville police say charges are pending in the case.