Two residents have been arrested in Atascadero for child endangerment and butane oil production. Atascadero police responded to a fire on February 13th, where they discovered that the fire was a result of a makeshift laboratory, according to the New Times.
By the time officials arrived the fire had already been distinguished, but the lab wasn’t all they found. They also found that there was a one year-old child in the building at the time of the fire. Shortly after, police arrested Danielle Manhart, aged 23 and Kevin Manhart, aged 34. Danielle Manhart was arrested for suspected felony child endangerment and Kevin Manhart was arrested for suspected felony child endangerment and the manufacturing of a controlled substance.
The arrest was made under the statutes of the California Health and Safety Code 11379.6, which makes using a chemical to produce an illegal substance a felony. The law was passed in the 80’s to combat meth production, and is now applied irregularly and somewhat ludicrously to marijuana extracts.