Johnson County man arrested for child abuse and drug charges in connection with meth lab

By Julie Fann
Star Staff

A Johnson County man was arrested Friday and charged with operating a methamphetamine lab in his home and three counts of aggravated child abuse and neglect.
   Timothy Harold Stanton, 32, 227 Draft Road, Butler, Tenn., was arrested when Johnson County Sheriff's Department Investigator David Shepherd entered his home to perform a routine follow up on a child abuse and neglect case.
   When he arrived, the officer noticed materials used to manufacture methamphetamine inside the home. Some materials individuals might use to manufacture the drug include acetone, a heating element, and aluminum foil, according to First Judicial Drug Task Force Director, Kenneth Phillips.
   "At that point, Shepherd called and requested a warrant to search the residence. Stanton confessed that this was his second cook," Phillips said. "Cook" is a slang term commonly used in reference to the manufacturing of methamphetamine.
   Stanton was arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also charged for three counts of aggravated child abuse and neglect for exposing his three children to a meth lab.
   "The children were placed in custody and given to family members. Any time children are in a methamphemtamine lab, they are being exposed to dangerous chemicals and need to be seen by a doctor," said Phillips.
   Stanton is being held in the Johnson County Sheriff's Department on a $116,500 bond.