Sunday, July 19, 2009

Cassandra Butler Arrested for Child Abuse & Making Meth

A Winter Haven woman is facing drug and child abuse charges after Winter Haven police served a search warrant at her home.

Cassandra Hoyle Butler Police served the warrant about 7 p.m. Tuesday at 836 Ave. M S.W. and discovered a methamphetamine lab, according to a police report.

The woman at the home, Cassandra Hoyle Butler, 42, was arrested on charges related to drugs and child abuse, said Sgt. Brad Coleman, spokesman for the Winter Haven Police Department.

Police found two plastic 24-ounce bottles filled with fertilizer, a bottle of hydrogen fluoride, a funnel, plastic tubing and other common components of a meth lab, according to the report of the investigation.

Coleman said police also found a box with syringes inside, materials to smoke methamphetamine and unspecified quantities of the drug in two separate places around the home.

Butler's 3-year-old son was sleeping when police arrived, Coleman said.

Butler was charged with maintaining a dwelling where controlled substances are manufactured, ownership of a residence where controlled substances are manufactured with a minor child present, child abuse and possession of methamphetamine.

The child abuse charge relates to finding the methamphetamine lab in the home of a child.

Butler was taken to the Polk County Jail where she is being held in lieu of $18,000 bond.

On Wednesday, Coleman said he did not know where the child was taken after Butler's arrest.

Usually in such cases, he said, police notify the Department of Children and Families, and officials find a foster home for the child.

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