The parents of a 5-month-old boy who died Friday in Danforth before the couple’s mobile home burned have been arrested on charges of producing methamphetamine, Maine State Police said Saturday night.
Alan Richardson, 39, and Tabitha Osnoe, 30, both of Danforth, were jailed Saturday after the State Fire Marshal’s Office, who was investigating the fire, found evidence of a so-called “one-pot” methamphetamine laboratory, according to a statement by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.
After obtaining a search warrant, agents from the MDEA found more evidence consistent with production of the drug, which can be synthesized with over-the-counter pharmaceuticals and household chemicals, the agency said.
Both Richardson and Osnoe were charged with Class B trafficking of methamphetamine. Both were on probation at the time of their arrests, according to the MDEA statement. They were taken to the Washington County Jail.
Richardson’s and Osnoe’s baby boy, Mach-Danyel Richardson, died suddenly Friday of unknown causes. After the parents rushed him from the home and to a local medical facility, their mobile home on Weatherbee Street burned.
Fire investigators are still working to determine the cause of the blaze, and the state medical examiner’s office was expected to perform an autopsy on the baby Saturday to determine the cause of his death.
Danforth is located on Route 1 about 35 miles south of Houlton in Washington County.
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