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Deputies: Boy found in Spartanburg home with active meth lab

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Top-left to bottom-right: William Brown, Joshua Davis, Willis Harris, Edward Hipp and Jessica Smith. (Source: Spartanburg Co. Detention Center) Top-left to bottom-right: William Brown, Joshua Davis, Willis Harris, Edward Hipp and Jessica Smith. (Source: Spartanburg Co. Detention Center)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Deputies said they found a 4-year-old boy at a Spartanburg home where five people were accused of cooking meth, though they claimed the former tenants left the lab behind.

Spartanburg County deputies said they served a warrant at the Drayton Road home on Wednesday and as officers arrived, they could see a smoky haze coming from the house.

Deputies said they saw one person try to jump out a window but they were able to detain everyone and get them out of the house safely.

Deputies said the haze filled the home. Five suspects were inside the home along with a 4-year-old boy, according to a sheriff's office report.

The report stated the homeowners first said nothing illegal was inside the home and after deputies found various equipment believed to be used to make methamphetamine, they said it was not their's but the previous tenants'.

But deputies said there was a pot with an active bubbling that indicated an "active cook."

After checking the registry system, deputies said all showed pseudoephedrine purchase/block activity. The report said the home was also located within a half mile of a public park.

William Brown, Joshua Davis, Willis Harris, Edward Hipp and Jessica Smith were all arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine first offense, manufacturing methamphetamine near a school or park, illegal disposal of methamphetamine waste and manufacturing methamphetamine in the presence of a child.

Hipp was also charged with third-degree arson in connection with an unrelated incident, according to online jail records.

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