DECATUR-- A home explosion on account of a meth lab in its laundry room has sent an 11 year-old boy to the hospital, and two adults to jail.
Decatur Police responded to a reported explosion on the city’s far northwest corridor on Tuesday evening just before 8 p.m. and upon arrival encountered 38 year-old Rachel Starr-Hollgarth, 33 year-old Taylor M. Potter, and the 11 year-old minor.
Both Starr-Hollgarth and Potter were booked into the Macon County Jail on charges of aggravated participation in meth manufacturing, meth-related child endangerment and the use of property to violate the Methamphetamine Control Act.
The 11 year-old boy was transported to Decatur Memorial Hospital to be treated for 2nd degree burns to his legs. He was later transported by helicopter to St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
Police say two other children, ages 8 and 4 were also in the home at the time of the explosion but were not injured.
Potter and Star-Hollgarth have both had their bond set at $500,000. They are due in court next week for arraignment.