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Decatur Meth Lab Explodes

Updated: Friday, February 14 2014, 04:56 PM CST
An already dangerous and deadly combination injures a child in Decatur. 2
people remained behind bars Thursday night, charged with making meth.

They also face child endangerment charges after an 11 year-old boy suffered burns after the household meth lab exploded.

Residents
along North Fairview Avenue in Decatur say it's your typical American
neighborhood, but when police arrived at one home Tuesday night,
neighbors never guessed there was a working meth lab inside. Decatur police
arrested 33-year-old Taylor Potter and 38-year-old Rachel
Starr-Hollgarth. Both are charged with manufacturing meth.

Potter
later admitted to police he had been making meth using a two liter
plastic bottle in the laundry room when it exploded. He then used a fire
extinguisher on an 11-year-old boy in the home, who suffered 2nd degree
burns on his legs and left arm.

"There was a couple
of police cars and it appeared there was some people outside of the
house when the police were approaching, but that was several days ago
and we hadn't heard anything since," said Jan Kahila, a retired teacher who
has lived in the neighborhood since 1984.

Both Taylor
Potter and Rachel Starr-Hollgarth remain in the Macon County jail. The
11-year-old boy, who was burned, was initially taken to Decatur Memorial
Hospital.
   
He's now being treated at St. Louis Children's Hospital.
Decatur Meth Lab Explodes


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