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Couple charged with keeping infant in home with meth lab

By Seth Burkett
DAILY Staff Writer

sburkett@decaturdaily.com 340-2355

SOMERVILLE — Sheriff's deputies responding to a domestic violence call discovered a 5-week-old girl in the same residence where her parents operated a meth lab, Sheriff Greg Bartlett said Monday.

Christopher Chad Jennings, 29, and Melissa Ann Jones, 32, got into a fight Sunday at their home at 631 Charest Road, Bartlett said.

Both Jennings and Jones were injured. Jennings' grandfather was also assaulted with a hammer.

Deputies saw a working methamphetamine lab and the infant at the residence, and called in the Morgan County Drug Task Force as well as an agent with the sheriff's Drug-Endangered Children Program.

Both Jennings and Jones face charges of first-degree manufacturing a controlled substance, child abuse byviolating the drug-endangered children's act, possession of drug paraphernalia and third-degree domestic violence. Both have had multiple drug arrests in the past, Bartlett said.

Jennings remained in Morgan County Jail on Monday in lieu of $1,012,500 bond. Jones remained jailed in lieu of $127,500 bond.

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