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Meth lab found during welfare check of 7-month-old girl

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Police found a shoebox-sized methamphetamine lab in Southeast Portland Friday morning as they were checking on the welfare of a 7-month-old girl.

Two people -- the infant's mother and her boyfriend -- were taken into custody, police said.

Megan Steinle, 26, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree child neglect, obstructing governmental administration, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest. Jay Silva, 21, was arrested on allegations of first-degree child neglect and delivery of methamphetamine.

Just before 11 a.m., Portland police officers were called to the residence in the 7800 block of Southeast Aspen Summit Drive to perform a welfare check of the baby. It was reported her mother had relapsed on meth, according to a Portland Police Bureau news release.

When officers responded, they found the meth lab in the bathroom. The infant was found safe in the home and taken to a Portland hospital as a precaution, the news release said.

Officers evacuated three neighboring apartments as a precaution.

Investigators from the bureau's drugs and vice division have responded to seize evidence from the meth lab.

Police have not released their names or charges against them.

Steinle and Silva are due in court Monday.

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