Courts & Crime

Day care found with inactive meth lab

OCEAN SPRINGS — Shocked parents took their young children to the emergency room Tuesday night and Wednesday when they got word from police that a home day care had been raided for methamphetamine.

Some parents took off work on Wednesday so they could get the drug screening and the X-ray for their child that police recommended.

Ocean Springs Detective John Flowers said the department was flooded with calls Wednesday because Brenda Jane Sumrall, 64, has been keeping children in her Stennis Avenue home day care for years until the raid Tuesday night.

Most recently, she was caring for nine children, including her grandchild.

The Narcotics Task Force of Jackson County raided the home business around 7 p.m., when all the children were gone, and found two inactive meth labs and other material used in the final process of cooking the drug.

A city building official condemned the house, declaring it unsafe and off limits, because the chemicals that are used and the fumes that are created when making meth are highly dangerous.

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