Police find child living in home with meth lab (with photos)

By Conor Mooney
By Perry Russom

February 12, 2014 Updated Feb 12, 2014 at 9:52 AM EST

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Vestal police discovered an active meth lab in a house where a child was living.

Friday, officers executed a warrant at 2231 Vestal Parkway West, Lot 25 and found the methamphetamine lab.

"They're not chemists. So they're putting themselves in danger, family members in danger, neighbors in danger," said Lt. Edward Golluscio, of the Vestal Police Department.

The investigation began 10 days earlier, when police went to the home searching for a woman for whom they had an arrest warrant. Once in the home, they smelled a strong odor of Coleman fuel.

"It gives off a certain aroma. Not normal use for heating fuel. It's normally used as a cooking fuel," said Golluscio.

There were three adults and a 3-year-old boy living in the home at the time of the arrest.

Police arrested, Robert Ricci, 47, Sarah Beaubien, 26, and Candi Sherwood, 27, all of 2231 Vestal Parkway West.

All three face charges of criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument and endangering the welfare of a child.

Ricci is also charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine and criminal sale of a controlled substance.

Beaubien is also charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Police said they arrested three other people they saw leaving the home.

Nanette Tomchick, 52, Patricia A. Mallon, 46, and Kyle D. Larnerd, 28, are each charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Police could not provide a picture for Candi Sherwood.

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