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Couple accused of making meth with child at home

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Investigation of a tip regarding drug activity at a home in Hermitage led to the Saturday morning arrest of two parents on methamphetamine, weapon and child neglect charges, Metro Police said.

Officers said Phillip Mason, 28, and Emily Mashburn, 23, are alleged to have been in the process of making meth in the home on Mona Drive in the presence of their 3-year-old daughter.

When police arrived Friday night, they said they noticed a chemical odor from inside the house and items believed to be related to meth manufacture at the back door.

Police said Mason and Mashburn refused to exit the residence for several hours, but ultimately did so with the child after a lengthy discussion with Officer Burl Johnson, a police negotiator.

During the execution of a search warrant, Hermitage Precinct officers and detectives, with the assistance of Specialized Investigations Division meth experts, located numerous items related to meth manufacture, including acid gas generators, cooking vessels, sulfuric acid, Coleman fuel, ammonium nitrate and empty packages of medicine that contained pseudoephdrine. Police said they also seized an SKS assault-type rifle and ammunition.

Mason and Mashburn are charged with initiating the process to manufacture meth, child endangerment, unlawful possession of a weapon in the commission of a dangerous felony and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, police said. They are jailed in lieu of $50,000 bond each.

Police said their daughter is being cared for by relatives.

Meth, weapon and drug paraphernalia warrants have also been issued against a third person, Drew S. Mena, 36, police said.

The electric service at the home on Mona Drive is listed in his name and personal items were found inside linking him to the residence, police said. Mena was not present early today and remains at large, according to investigators.

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