Ohio Police Find Meth Lab in Mom's Home After Checking on Toddler Found Wandering Alone and Chewing on Charcoal

Police Find Meth Lab in Mom's House After Son Discovered Chewing on Charcoal
Heather Sandau and Nicholas Anton
Summit County Jail (2)

08/04/2015 AT 03:10 PM EDT

Akron, Ohio, police who were called to check on an unsupervised toddler Sunday afternoon ended up discovering a meth lab in his mother's apartment.

The 1-year-old child was found wandering around an apartment complex, chewing on a piece of charcoal, according to Fox 8.

When police arrived to check on him, they found an open door in the complex. Inside, they located the boy's mom, 25-year-old Heather Sandau, and her boyfriend, Nicholas Anton, 23.

They noticed a strong chemical smell in the apartment, so they returned with a search warrant.

A thorough search of the apartment turned up an active meth lab, along with a small amount of the drug and various syringes and other drug paraphernalia, Cleveland.com reports.

Sandau and Anton were taken into custody and charged with two first-degree felony counts of illegally possessing chemicals used for methamphetamine, a second-degree felony count of child endangering and felony drug possession.

The 1-year-old was placed with Summit County Children Services after he was taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation.

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