Sandy in-home day care shut down after meth discovery

Investigators discovered the suspected meth contamination while executing a search warrant.

An in-home day care in Sandy has been shut down after meth was found in the house during a child porn investigation, police said.

Officers served a search warrant at the home near 9200 South and 100 East early Monday, Sandy police said. When the suspected meth contamination was discovered, police notified the Salt Lake County Health Department, which shut the in-home business down.

Police said the contamination was found in an area of the house that was separate from day care services. Investigators do not believe children were exposed to the the drug.

According to Sandy police, the search warrant was related to a child pornography case against the son of the day care’s owner, who is 30 years old, and his girlfriend, who is 24. In February, the son of the day care’s owner was charged with 15 counts — and his girlfriend was charged with 10 counts — of sexual exploitation of a minor related to child porn found on their cell phones.

The two were employed at the day care and lived in the home, according to charging documents filed earlier this year. The pair are scheduled to appear in court next week.

The Utah Department of Health investigated the home day care earlier this year and found no evidence of wrongdoing.

The department issued a statement noting that the provider was “caring for fewer than five children, and as a result was not required to be licensed. However, the provider maintained a full child care license voluntarily. This allows the UDOH to have access to the facility and to provide regulatory authority.”