Updated:WINTER GARDEN, Fla. — Members of the Orange County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit, the Winter Garden Police Department and the Ocoee Police Department executed a search warrant on a suspected methamphetamine lab on Pennsylvania Avenue in Winter Garden (see map) on Thursday morning. Officers believe the suspects were in the middle of manufacturing meth in the garage when they showed up with their search warrant.
Investigators found five adults and an 18-month-old infant in the home, along with evidence of an active methamphetamine lab. The five adults were arrested and charged accordingly.
Officers say the little girl could have been exposed to dangerous fumes.
The baby is now in state custody (watch video) . The baby's room is only ten yards from the meth lab and investigators wanted to get her out of there.
The child was rescued by narcotics agents. hey say she was living dangerously close to the caustic fumes of the potentially-explosive meth lab they say they busted Thursday. Three of the suspects are charged with making meth that sold for about $50 a gram.
"The danger's the same in the house they were in as it is in the garage," narcotics agent Joe Billitier said.
"What do you think about that, an 18-month-old baby next to a meth lab?" WFTV reporter Kathi Belich asked the child's grandmother, Alana McCall, who was arrested.
"There's no meth lab here," McCall replied.
Officers said the child had been dropped off at the house by the father, Dan Morris, who is related to the owner of the property. WFTV talked to Morris about why his child was put in such a dangerous situation.
"Does it bother you that there was a meth lab right next to your child," WFTV reporter Kathi Belich asked Morris.
"Obviously," he replied.
"How long have you known these people?" Belich asked.
"I'm related to them," he replied.
"You're related to them and you didn't know there was a meth lab?" she asked.
"No," he said.
"Did you know how they were making their living?" Belich asked.
"No," he answered.
Officers arrested 43-year-old Tracy Rudolph, 39-year-old Tobian Rudolph, 24-year-old Carla Wallace, 64-year-old Alana McCall and 69-year-old Hampton McCall.
Investigators made the suspects change into uncontaminated clothes. Investigators say the child's great aunt, who's been caring for her since she was born, was arrested, along with her husband, on child abuse and neglect charges.
Investigators also said this is the third time they've been at the Pennsylvania Avenue home to investigating a meth lab in the last two years. They say some of the same suspects were prosecuted in 2008, did time and are right back at it again.
Officers and neighbors are hoping the new trafficking charges will put them out of business for good.
"It's a shame. We could get blowed up," neighbor Anne Willis said.
McCall's sons deny the meth lab exists, too. Tracy and Tobian Rudolph claim all the evidence that investigators say are the ingredients for making meth are really just driveway cleaning products.