Updated Thursday, December 19, 2013 --- 6:00 p.m.
A 22-year-old Sun Prairie man is behind bars, accused of having a meth lab in his apartment; where he actually lived with his newborn daughter.
Neighbors in the 200 block of South Bird St are shocked and upset to find out a man living just down the hall is accused of having the ingredients to make meth; putting them, and their kids in danger.
"I just feel bad for the families Wednesday night who were scared for their kids, I was scared for my own," said Brandon Fletcher's girlfriend, Jeanette Boyce.
"I have a five-and-a-half and another that's going to be four next week. Oh, I'm extremely mad. If I would've known, I would've been the person to call. They mean everything to me," said neighbor Marsha Kath.
Marsha Kath lives just a few doors down from Brandon Fletcher, the man arrested and charged with one count of possessing materials for manufacturing meth. "We were able to recover several items of evidence out of the residence, and also from that party," said Brian Teasdale with the Sun Prairie Police Department.
An anonymous tip led authorities to the arrest Wednesday night. Fletcher's mother, girlfriend and seven-week-old daughter lived in the apartment with him. Fletcher's girlfriend, angry that he is accused of putting their lives in danger; but not surprised. "In November I found a needle in our room and I questioned him about it and he denied it," girlfriend Jeanette Boyce said.
Manufacturing meth can not only be dangerous for those involved, but also for anyone nearby. "In cases like these, there's always the risk of explosion just because the items that are there, the chemicals that are involved," said Brian Teasdale. Something that neighbors feared the most. "It's more than unfortunate, it's horrific that they put people in jeopardy like this," said a neighbor.
Fletcher's seven-week-old daughter is currently at the hospital for tests to see if she's been exposed to any harmful chemicals.
Authorities are investigating one more person in this case, but they say the area near the apartment is safe.
If convicted, Fletcher could have to pay $10,000 in fines or up to six years in prison; or both.
Posted Thursday, December 19, 2013 --- 11:23 a.m.
A Sun Prairie man is accused of running a meth lab.
Police arrested 22-year-old Brandon Fletcher. Officers say they found all the necessary materials to make meth at his apartment in the 200 block of Bird Street Wednesday night.
Fletcher faces one count of possessing materials for manufacturing methamphetamine.
Officers say all the materials have been removed from the scene, and there is no danger to the community.