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Child taken from alleged meth lab

Steven L. Iden II

A North Webster man was jailed Tuesday after police said they found him cooking meth in his apartment with his young child present.

The events that landed 34-year-old Steven L. Iden II in jail began when undercover officers bought methamphetamine from Iden, according to the Warsaw Police Department.

After police made the buy, they determined Iden was making meth at his North Webster apartment where his 9-year-old son was located, the department said.

Officers from several area police departments went into Iden's apartment building and were greeted by the strong smell of chemicals and a haze in the upstairs of the building, police said.

Police said Iden was trying to dispose of the meth-cooking ingredients when officers entered the apartment.

The boy was taken to a hospital for examination and then was turned over to the Indiana Department of Child Services.

Iden was booked on a charge of manufacturing methamphetamine and was being held in lieu of $10,000 bail.

The Warsaw Police Department said more charges may be filed.