Deputies: Child left unattended in meth house


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A toddler was left unattended in a suspected meth house in a Gainesville mobile home park, according to the Alachua County Sheriff's Office.

The 2-year-old child was taken to the pediatric emergency room at Shands Gainesville as a precaution because of exposure to chemicals used in the manufacturing of meth, which were found in the home, deputies said.

An ACSO deputy responded to 734 Queens Road in the Hidden Oaks mobile home park because of reports of a disturbance. The deputy found the door of the mobile home open and a 2-year-old child left unattended.

After several shouts by the deputy, the child's grandmother emerged from the back of the mobile home. According to the deputy, the grandmother appeared disoriented and said she didn't know she was the only adult in the home to watch the child.

The child's mother, 41-year-old Teresa Cannon, arrived shortly after and also appeared disoriented, according to the deputy.

Neither Cannon nor the grandmother knew anything about the reported disturbance.

While checking the property for anyone else who might have been involved in the disturbance, the deputy saw a partially opened trash bag that had cursory materials for the manufacturing of meth.

At that point, he contacted detectives and advised what he had seen. The area was secured and a safety perimeter was set up. Some neighbors had to be evacuated for their safety, deputies said.

Detectives responded to the scene and obtained a search warrant, and a trafficking amount of meth was recovered by the Clandestine Lab Response Team.

Cannon was arrested and charged with trafficking in amphetamines and sale of methamphetamine.