ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KTVI) - A St. Charles County mother is charged with making methamphetamine with her young child nearby.
34 year-old Natalie Goreham lived in her mother’s basement with her young son. She’d been there less than two months, when undercover officers caught her with meth. St. Charles County Prosecutor Tim Lohmar says, “The most significant piece of that was that there was a five year-old child that was in the basement bedroom no more than a dozen feet away from where the meth lab was found.”
It was a dangerous situation for all residents of this St. Peters home, especially for the child. Lohmar explains, “You have fires that can happen, dangerous chemicals that can impact a child probably more significantly than an adult, and who knows if a child is left unattended with the materials that go into these labs.”
The boy was not harmed, and was taken into protective custody. Family members are living with a neighbor, since their home is contaminated.
Goreham used to live in O’Fallon, but her mobile home was condemned this past October, also because of meth. Since then, her husband has pled guilty to manufacturing methamphetamine and two counts of child endangerment.
A former neighbor says, “He was cooking in the bathtub with them little kids in the house. It’s sad.” This neighbor is shocked that Goreham was allowed to keep her son, after all that happened. Court records show this isn’t the first time she’s been charged with endangering a child. She's also faced previous burglary and drug charges.
Lohmar says this time it’s likely that Goreham won’t get her child back. He explains, “Generally, in a case such as this, where there’s an active meth lab, and a child is living in the home where the lab exists, it’d be an extraordinary situation if the child was not removed from the home.”
Goreham is now charged with possession and manufacturing methamphetamine, along with child endangerment. She’s being held on a $50,000 cash-only bond, and faces up to 29 years if convicted.