14-year-old admits to using meth, mother arrested

CHURCH HILL, Tenn. (WATE) – A Hawkins County woman was arrested and charged for manufacturing meth after her 14-year-old son admitted to using the substance.

Teresa Lorean Lipps, 47, was arrested on Oct. 28 on an outstanding warrant for the class B felony.

On Oct. 1, the 14-year-old’s grandmother reported to the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit that the teen admitted to using meth after failing a drug screening.

The investigation lead officers to get a search warrant for Lipps’ home. She was not at home at the time of the search, deputies said.

After executing the warrant, officers located three one pot meth laboratories.

Officers also found empty containers, empty sulfuric acid containers, spent lithium strips and other components used in the cooking process throughout the home.

Empty pseudoephedrine boxes and cut open lithium batteries were also found in Lipps bedroom.

Deputies took the hazardous materials to be neutralized and transported to a central storage location by the state dangerous drugs task force.

Deputies also learned that two boys, age 7 and 2, often visited Lipps’ home while meth was being used.

The outcome of the drug endangered child investigation is still pending, officials said.

Additional charges are expected to be placed at a later date as well as additional suspects charged.

Lipps is being held at the Hawkins County Jail without bond pending an arraignment in the Hawkins County General Sessions Court.

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