Richmond County sheriff’s deputies say they discovered an active methamphetamine lab Sunday when a teen called to report his mother beating her boyfriend with a bat.
The 13-year-old asked a neighbor to call police about 3:30 p.m. after the fighting began in his mother’s Lake Forest Drive apartment.
According to a sheriff’s office incident report, Ronnie Patricia Walters, 44, was arguing with her live-in boyfriend, Steven Robert Sizemore Jr., 31, because he didn’t have a job.
The argument escalated when Walters took a baseball bat and hit Sizemore several times, police said, and Sizemore suffered scratches to his torso and little finger. Deputies did not see any injuries to Walters other than sores from possible drug use.
While trying to find the bat in the apartment, deputies discovered a glass container of methamphetamine and a working lab, authorities said.
Walters and Sizemore were charged with trafficking methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine, presence of a child during the manufacture of methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance. Walters was also charged with simple battery.