By Nathan Baker
A Stoney Creek couple was charged with felony child endangerment and a handful of drug offenses after a Carter County Sheriff’s Department deputy attempting to serve warrants said he discovered a dump site of one-pot methamphetamine labs outside their home while two children were present inside.
Deputy Brady Higgins reported that when he approached the house at 116 Flora Dugger Road, he saw a number of plastic soft drink bottles used to manufacture the drug lying outside and the home’s residents, David Abernathy and Misty Bennett, in the front yard.
Higgins said CCSD Agent Kelly Huff and Investigator Travis Ludlow, both certified meth lab technicians, arrived at the home and identified 10 bottles in the yard that were used to make meth.
Two children, an 8-month-old and a 2-year-old, were found inside the house by authorities, and Higgins said Bennett admitted to police that she and Abernathy were frequent meth users, had cooked the volatile drug inside the home with the children present and said Abernathy once made it inside a car while the young children were in the back seat.
Higgins said a check of the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force Pseudoephedrine Registry showed that the couple made multiple purchases in March of the cold pills commonly used as an ingredient during the meth-making process.
The sheriff’s deputy state that State Department of Children’s Services workers responded to the scene, and drug tests requested by them showed that both Abernathy and Bennett tested positive for methamphetamine.
Abernathy was charged last December with initiation of a process to manufacture methamphetamine and promotion of methamphetamine, and was released on bond in that case on Feb. 25.
Both he and Bennett were charged with two counts of methamphetamine manufacture, two counts of felony reckless child endangerment and maintaining a dwelling where narcotics are manufactured or sold.
Abernathy was additionally charged with initiation of a process to manufacture methamphetamine.
They were booked into the Carter County Jail Saturday, Bennett on a $40,000 bond and Abernathy on a $60,000 bond. They are scheduled to appear in Carter County General Sessions Court on April 23.