A 7-year-old, like many pliable youngsters, learned from the example of his mom. But this Florida boy learned what not to do – cross intersections without an adult, interrupt grown ups when they are speaking, and build a meth lab in the trunk of your beater car. The little boy discovered the meth cookery in his mum’s auto, police were called, and away went the cracked-out chef.
Reports WESH.com out of Orlando: “A Volusia County mother was arrested after her 7-year-old son allegedly told their landlord she was making methamphetamine in the trunk of her car, according to Edgewater police. Briana Buchanan, 27, was arrested Friday after her son showed their landlord ‘mommy's bad stuff in her car,’ according to the arrest report.”
The heartbroken boy even told a miserable tale as to how his mother obtains the ingredients for her addiction. Police reports said that the 7-year-old told cops that “Mommy goes to the store and lies to the people, saying she is sick and needs medicine.”
Buchanan and her son were living in Edgewater with her boyfriend’s brother, who owns the property that Buchanan was subletting from him. The brother says the boy is “like a nephew” to him, and became concerned after Buchanan’s son repeatedly told him that his mom was “cooking something bad.”
The landlord investigated Buchanan’s car and found the meth equipment. Cops arrested Briana Buchanan on drug charges and related child neglect charges. Her drug-making lab was dismantled, and the boy was given over to a grandparent. A search of the home turned up additional syringes and drug paraphernalia.
“[Buchanan’s son] opened up the car and he pointed to a bag and right away its everything you've seen online related to meth labs,” the landlord said. “So I pulled him away and I called 911.”
Buchanan sits in jail today, charged with child neglect with great bodily harm, possession of methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of listed chemical and possession/use of narcotic paraphernalia.