Janet Barber

Grove Sun

GROVE – A Grove couple has been arrested for cooking meth in their home with their three-year-old child in residence.

Steven Christopher Stewart, 37 and Natalie Saggert, 24, were taken into custody Thursday morning after Drug Task Force Sheriff’s Captain Ron Teel received information that they were manufacturing methamphetamines in their home.

Teel, along with Sheriff’s Deputies Mark Berry and Jason Hunt, went to the mobile home located at the trailer park at the intersection of 270 and 630 Roads in Grove.

They received consent to search the home after Teel recognized odors associated with cooking meth using the “shake and bake” method coming from the home.

Grove Emergency Services were called when, during a search of the home, the three-year-old child was found with her mother in the back bedroom. The girl was taken outside immediately and the Department of Human Services was called

A further search of the home revealed that the drug was being manufactured at the time the search was being conducted. Other items used to manufacture methamphetamines, and drug paraphernalia were also discovered.

Grove Police officers, Cowskin Fire Department, Delaware County Emergency Management and the Delaware County Environmental officer were called to the scene for assistance.

The child was taken to Integris Grove General Hospital’s emergency room where she was examined and released into the custody social services.

The couple was arrested and transported to the Delaware County Jail where they remain.

They could face possible charges of manufacturing a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, maintaining a dwelling where cds is manufactured and sold, child endangerment and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

A background search of Stewart showed he was put on probation for grand larceny in Ottawa County in January of this year.