Children found in Leon Co. home with meth lab

Ashley K. Cardin and John L. Bodiford
Posted at 10:12 AM, Mar 28, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-28 06:44:51-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Two children were found in a local  home containing a partially destroyed methamphetamine laboratory, according to Leon County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies and DCF child protection investigators performed a welfare check at the home on March 27. When they entered the home, they say they smelled a strong odor associated with chemicals used to make meth.

A search of the residence revealed that two suspects, 38-year-old John L. Bodiford and 20-year-old Ashley K. Cardin, were inside the home with two small children. One child was 7 months old, and the other was 5 years old.

Officials say they also found chemicals, drug paraphernalia and other evidence showing that they did smell the byproduct of meth manufacturing. Deputies also say they discovered most of the lab had been destroyed before they entered the home.

The children were taken from the home by the Florida Department of Children and Families.

Bodiford and Cardin were arrested and taken to the Leon County Jail. They each  face charges of possession of precursor chemicals, child neglect, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a drug house.