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Children found sleeping near suspected meth lab

WESH 2, July 24, 2016

DELAND, Fla. —Police arrested three people after discovering a meth lab at a DeLand apartment, where two children were sleeping Tuesday night.

Inside the apartment, police said they found 58.7 grams of methamphetamine oil, a pipe and the tools used to make the drug.

Footage from a police body camera shows an officer lifting a 7-month-old girl from her crib. Officers also found a 3-year-old boy inside.

The children's mother, Cortney Campbell, 21, was arrested. Two men were also arrested: Aaron Voss, 27, and David Velarde, 42.

A Volusia County judge set all three suspects' bonds at $35,000 Wednesday afternoon.

Investigators said one of Campbell's family members called police to report the meth lab.

"It smelled funny," the caller told dispatchers. "They had all the windows open and fans were going and they were all acting weird."

Police evacuated the surrounding apartments for several hours.

One resident was concerned for her own child's safety. "I couldn't imagine something bad happening to my son," Shannon Squires said, tearfully holding her own 3-year-old close. "You shouldn't make meth and be able to live where children live."

Police placed Campbell's two children in the custody of other family members, including the one who called police.

Velarde was wanted on separate charges. The judge said he failed to appear in court for driving under a suspended license.

Voss was also wanted on other charges, for violating a pre-trial release.