LCSO: Meth Lab, 3-year-old Child Found Inside Home

By: LCSO Release
By: LCSO Release

Lee, Patrick Chas
28 years old

Jennifer Street – Valdosta

1. Manufacturing of methamphetime – felony
2. Possession of methamphetime – felony
3. Prohibition against the presence of children during the
manufacturing of methamphetime – felony
4. Violation of probation {2 counts}

[Update] - Valdosta, Georgia - November 3, 2011 -

The Lowndes County Sheriff department busts a meth lab and takes a four year old to child services.
And one neighbor makes some startling accusations about the family who lived at the home.

"The house was an abusive home."
That's what a neighbor tells me but she doesn't want us to show her face or use her name.
She says Patrick Lee beat his wife Judy, and they verbally assaulted each other all in front of the two children.

They had a four year old boy together.
An eight year old girl was from Judy's previous marriage.
She tells me both were malnourished and neglected.
The four year old was still in diapers.

The neighbor says when sheriffs took Patrick to jail, he took all the blame for cooking the meth and didn't accuse his wife of anything.
The neighbor says they had late night house parties where they sold the drugs to dozens of users at a time.

But the neighbor tells me her real concern is for the children.
She's called child services multiple times.

"I'm not trying to get her children taken away from her. I'm trying to get them help. So she can keep doing what she's doing, but spare them," the neighbor said.

Patrick Lee is in Lowndes County jail facing several felony counts including for cooking meth in the presence of a child.
There are no warrants for Judy's arrest.

Valdosta, Georgia - November 3, 2011 -

On Tuesday, November 1 investigators from the Special Operations Division of the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office were attempting to serve an arrest warrant for Patrick Chaz Lee at 3776 Rowell Road. As the investigators were inquiring about Lee’s presence inside the home, he attempted to flee the residence through a window but was apprehended. Upon entering the home, the investigators also located the components of a methamphetamine manufacturing operation.

A minor child, who is three years old, was also inside the home at the time of this event and the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services was contacted and took custody of the child. Due to the fact that the child had intentionally been exposed to various hazardous chemicals, he was transported to South Georgia Medical Center for evaluation.

A specialized team from Tallahassee, Florida and investigators from the Sheriff’s Office performed the decontamination process and cleaned the residence of any hazardous materials.

Patrick Lee was transported to the Lowndes County Jail where he remains as of this date. Patrick Lee has appeared before a Magistrate Judge in an arraignment hearing and was denied bond.

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