A methamphetamine lab was reportedly discovered hidden inside the home of an Ohio couple who recently received $2,000 in donations from local residents after their child was the victim of a hit-and-run.
Cynthia Morris appeared on Fox 8 last week. Her son, 11-year-old J.J., had been the victim of a hit-and-run the prior week, and he had suffered numerous broken bones.
Morris and J.J. pleaded for whomever was responsible to come forward and apologize.
“Just turn yourself in; like I said, accidents do happen every day, but be responsible for what you have done,” Cynthia told Fox 8. “Take responsibility for what J.J. has to go through now, and how his life has changed.”
During the interview, Morris also pleaded for some financial help from the people in the town of Alliance. She said she and the boy’s father, Loyal Williams, 36, were struggling financially, and they couldn’t cover J.J.’s medical bills.
Local residents responded to the couple’s cry for help and donated nearly $2,000 through a GoFundMe account.
(Cynthia Morris with her son J.J. after he was injured in a hit-and-run. Photo Credit: Fox 8)
What the public didn’t know was that Williams was already being investigated by Alliance police.
Officers found bottles of iodine, Sudafed and peroxide in Williams’s car, according to police reports obtained by Fox 8. The items led them to look closer into the basement of the home, where they found a false wall and a padlocked door hiding a fully operational meth lab, the news station later reported.
Police Sgt. Michael Yarian said that the situation was even more dangerous because four children were living in the house.
Williams was charged with illegal manufacture of drugs, illegal possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, and child endangerment. He is being held on $100,000 bond. Morris was also charged with child endangerment, and her bond was set at $25,000.
The news of the couple’s secret meth lab caused outrage amongst people in the community, especially those who had donated money to help pay for J.J.’s medical bills. Several of those who donated reportedly asked for their money back.
It is unknown how much of the money raised in the GoFundMe campaign is left or what the money was used for. Both Williams and Morris are still currently in jail.