JAY - Two young children have been taken from a home where three Grove people where allegedly cooking methamphetamines.

Taken into custody were Merle Lee Montague, 19 years old and his 20 year-old girlfriend Kylee Beth Peppers along with Victor Tyrone Mygatt, 27, also of Grove, after officers went to the couple's home on Nov. 9 and discovered items used to "cook" methamphetamines.

The couple's children, a 2-year-old and a 5-month-old infant were found with marks on them and were "extremely dirty", according to officials, and were taken into protective custody and released to the Department of Human Service.

In the probable cause affidavit filed by Sheriff's Captain Ron Teel. He was on duty the night of Nov. 9 when he received information that Peppers and Montague were cooking at the couple's home on 34241 S. 605 Road, in the Grove area. Sheriff's Deputies Mark Berry and Michael Lanning were contacted along with investigators with the District 13 Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, once it was determined that over 9 grams of pseudoephedrine had been purchased in a 30 day time frame by Montague. Montague admitted he bought the drug and gave it to Mygatt. He said that Peppers and Mygatt "cooked" in the couple's home while he took the children from the house while the manufacturing was taking place.

When charges were filed on Dec. 13, Mygatt was incarcerated on larceny of merchandise and a background check shows he has a prior felony conviction for furnishing alcohol to minors, both cases in Delaware County.

Felony charges of manufacturing cds-methampetamine, maintain place for keeping/selling controlled substance, child endangerment and possession of controlled substance-methampehtamines have been filed against both Peppers and Montague. They have both been released on a $52,500 bond each. They will return to district court on Jan. 30, 2012 at 9:30 a.m.

Mygatt has been charged with a felony charge of manufacture of cds-methamphetamine afcf. A bond of $40,000 has been set and he will return to district court for announcement on Dec. 28 at 9:30 a.m.