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Child Found in Jackson County Hotel Room Along with Meth Lab

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Posted at 9:24 AM, Nov 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-19 10:38:01-05

JACKSON COUNTY, FL (WTXL) -- Two people were arrested after a toddler was found inside a hotel room that was being used to cook meth, said deputies.

Wednesday evening Jackson County Deputies responded to Walmart for a call about a retail theft. According to the store, Jordan Beasley was shoplifting from the store.

Beasley was handcuffed and put in the backseat of the cruiser. When the deputy went back into the store to get paperwork, Beasley escaped, said deputes.

According to deputies, Beasley was able to somehow get out of her handcuffs and kick out the rear side window of the cruiser.

While searching the area, deputies say they learned that she had been staying in a hotel room at America's Best Value Inn.

According to officers, Sammuel Gibson was outside of the room and said that only person in the room was his young daughter.

However, deputies said that Beasley was found hiding in the room. Gibson and Beasley were both arrested.

Several items of paraphernalia were discovered along with just under 20 grams of high-quality marijuana, two plastic containers containing suspected “Molly,” and a set of digital scales, said deputies.

Deputies say that they also found an active ‘Shake and Bake” meth lab in a backpack. The room was evacuated and the Drug task Force was called to the scene to collect evidence of the lab and destroy the volatile remnants.

In addition to several drug charges, both suspects were charged with child neglect. The child's mother was released to it's mother's custody.