Suspected Meth House Searched; 5 Children Removed From Home

Jason and Brandi Little were arrested Tuesday after a suspected meth lab was found by police in their Stow residence.

Updated Feb. 21, 10:13 p.m.

Five children were taken in by Summit County Children’s Services on Feb. 19 after Stow police found them living with their parents in a suspected meth house.

The parents, Jason Little, 37, and Brandi Little, 28, of Stow, were arrested, charged with multiple felonies and taken to Summit County Jail, according to Stow Police Chief Louis Dirker.

The investigation was triggered Tuesday after police received a tip from a Lakeview Intermediate School employee that one of their 12-year-old students came to class smelling like chemicals, said Dirker.

Stow police, along with the Summit County Drug Unit, searched the child’s residence – located at 1842 Lillian Rd. -- and found components used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

“An active ‘one-pot’ meth lab, commonly referred to as the ‘shake and bake method,’ along with chemicals and equipment were discovered in the basement and in the garage of the residence,” said Dirker.

Children ages 2, 8, 9, 11 and 12 were removed from the home. 

Jason and Brandi Little were charged with the illegal manufacture of drugs, a first-degree felony; illegal assembly of chemicals, a second-degree felony; and endangering children, a third-degree felony. 

Both will be arraigned Wednesday in Stow Municipal Court. 

No Name February 21, 2013 at 01:39 AM
I was the childs football coach and james if you want to see me let me know
No Name February 21, 2013 at 01:45 AM
Mrs tribble they weren't friends of mine...I coached their kid and would have never expected it so before you jump to accusations get your facts right you dumbass..this is exactly why im calling you all ignorant...because I defend them im their "friend who also smokes meth" you people amaze me
No Name February 21, 2013 at 01:51 AM
In regards to my last comment I shouldn't have said defending them because im not...what the did was wrong on many levels but they were good people and im sticking with that view on them
Mrs. Tribble February 21, 2013 at 02:25 AM
Hey, I never claimed you smoked meth. Read my above comment. I'm sorry if you are deluded enough to believe that people who becom addicted to drugs are good people. While its moderately refreshing to see their children actually participated in extra curricular activities, it doesn't excuse the facts. They were responsible for 5 children. 5 children whom I sure deserve much more than what was being handed to them. I deal with children that come from these families every day. Please don't try to tell me how good people are when they're love for their children and themselves isn't strong enough to just say no. I hope and pray these children can rise above this. I hope they grow up an realize where their parents went wrong, and avoid the path that's already been paved for them. I'm sorry if I'm not ignorant enough to see the good in people who behave as these parents have. And for that, I also fail to see how I am ignorant. Oh, and don't be so quick as to say you are the only person here who is personally familiar with these people or this family. I'm not afraid to point fingers; I know my hands are clean. I al
No Name February 21, 2013 at 02:42 AM
Doing drugs doesnt make you a bad person it makes you an unintelligent person...and if it means anything to you tribble I will be attempting to take in the oldest child..if I had room and money I would take them all in. They are all good kids
Stephanie Myers February 21, 2013 at 04:12 AM
I am a neighbor. I know the children. They are friends with my own children. They are always very respectful. The court of public opinion can say what it will but the court of law will handle the evidence. The parents are not bad people, they made bad choices which are going to have devastating consequence for the kids. And that's extremely unfortunate. My own children are crushed and concerned for their friends. And that's where the focus should be. These kids need help picking up the pieces, not stone throwing at their parents. Mr. NoName I believe I know who you are. Either way, I commend you. I know what you're trying to get across. I'm looking into anyway I can help as well.I do know that they're altogether at this point and safe. That's what matters.
Andrew Little February 21, 2013 at 04:44 AM
Mrs. Tribble you are so close minded and believe in such a black or white way of the world and who people are and how things work. That alone is ignorance. Even if it wasn't my family or someone I knew I'd still not jump to say that person was scum or a bad person. If you deal with children of families like these daily then you should know it's not a black or white matter.. There are plenty of shade of grey in between. And if you think that way I feel you are an ignorant biased women.. And frankly should stop while your ahead. But what do I know, I've only read what you wrote. I don't want to be closed minded and ignorant to your character. Bless you for helping kids from troubled families. They are so lucky to have a mind like yours guiding them.
Andrew Little February 21, 2013 at 04:47 AM
And now I've vented. Sorry for seeming ugly.
Andrew Little February 21, 2013 at 04:52 AM
James Melissa.. I feel sorry for you too.
No Name February 21, 2013 at 05:12 AM
Andrew they are all in my prayers...im doing everything I can do to help
No Name February 21, 2013 at 05:16 AM
Stephanie thank you for understanding my view on the ordeal ...guess they have never heard the expression dont judge a book by its cover
John Deike February 21, 2013 at 06:00 AM
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James Thomas February 21, 2013 at 01:32 PM
"I feel sorry for you too". Typical loser response. Feel sorry for the kids, fool. I'm doing pretty kick-butt.
James Thomas February 21, 2013 at 01:38 PM
That's the issue here -- the kids. No one in their right mind is going to even remotely try to defend these people. Nor is anyone going to believe that these people are "good people" who put meth over their kids. I feel sorry that your kids are crushed about what happened to their friends. These kids do need all of the support they can get. Innocent lives who didn't ask to be put into this situation by selfish adults.
James Thomas February 21, 2013 at 02:41 PM
Jack Kelly, Funny, your definition of coward doesn't include posting under someone else's name?
James Thomas February 21, 2013 at 02:50 PM
Mr. No Name, please be aware that the poster you have an issues with is named Jack Kelly and he is using the cyberbully tactic of assuming another person's name, mine. He would never meet you because he is a proven coward. The Real James Thomas
No Name February 21, 2013 at 03:09 PM
Thank you for that real james...jack kelly your real macho as you would describe it... get a life
No Name February 21, 2013 at 03:10 PM
Maria February 21, 2013 at 03:34 PM
I don't personally know these people, but I know that my definition of "good people" does not include those who CHOOSE to manufacture potentially lethal drugs in the basement of houseful of innocent children, their own children! And yes, I am very aware of the things drugs make people do, however it's still a choice, which is why I choose not to do drugs, I respect and love myself and my children enough to stay way from things that I know are counterproductive to my purpose, which as a parent it is solely to love and protect my children and ensure that they have the tools to become productive, functional members of society. That being said the main focus, not only of the public, but those close to the situation, ought to be those poor children and helping them, not defending the actions of their careless parents, that's how people get away with this gross neglect in the first place, somebody always makes excuses. I hope they get the book thrown at them, one of these boys was in class with my daughter and my heart breaks just thinking of how terrified they must be to have their world torn apart, regardless of how crappy it may have been, they are victims and they lost the most.
Mitch Cooper February 21, 2013 at 11:33 PM
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Melissa Bysura February 22, 2013 at 10:09 PM
No need to feel any sympathy for me Andrew Little (related to Jason I presume). My family is safe, sound and happily living in a drug free environment. Wish I could say the same for the 5 Little children.
Melissa Bysura February 22, 2013 at 10:26 PM
Non violent offenders? Jason wth are you talking about? Do you have any idea what prolonged eposure to meth chemicals can do to a child? It's the same as slowly poisoning them everyday... what's more violent then that?? If it was marijuana I might agree with you but this is something completely different. Please don't diminish the seriousness of what they've exposed these poor kids to by calling them "non violent offenders".
Harmon February 23, 2013 at 02:48 AM
Seriously ? You can not trivialize this. They put drugs before their children. They knew there was a chance to lose their kids and they decided to roll the dice. Well it came up craps this time amd they lost their family. This is really the best possible outcome. Children learn from their enviroment and they see everything. A child might have gotten into the chemicals, ingested some Meth, or parents might have burned down their house. This stuff really happens and to make light of these facts is not cool. Rehab is needed but not enough, a crime was commited. People need to sometimes hit rock bottom before they decide to wake up. I want to see this family get back together and succeed but thats the parents choice. Its not gonna happen over night. They do not need to be coddled, they need to learn the consequences so this never happens again. The outcome could be much worse next time and then what excuses are people gonna make for them.
Harmon February 23, 2013 at 03:12 AM
God knows a persons heart Jason... If they are truely serious and want to do whats right I believe he will open doors for these people. I don't condemn them. I am praying for them and truely wish it all works out for the best. But thats how I look at things. Thats my opinion on the matter. All parents make mistakes but this can be fixed if they chose to...
Harmon February 23, 2013 at 03:21 AM
We need an edit feature on here. Drives me nuts after i proof read my comments and want to fix my spellind ):
Melissa Bysura February 23, 2013 at 01:29 PM
How can we tell the difference between a sick person and a common drug addict with no concern for his/her own children? It's a slippery slope to start labeling drug addicts (especially those that put 5 of their own children directly in harms way) as simply being mentally unstable. And in either case, addicts or sick, their children would be better off somewhere safer. I don't care what happens to the parents, prison, rehab, whatever... they made that bed they can sleep in it. It's the children I'm concerned about. Will they end up in the "system", which is almost as bad as living in a meth house. Will they be split up? Will they be ripped from their schools and friends? This should be our focus, helping the children.
Amanda Harnocz March 05, 2013 at 02:59 PM
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Annie Hibbard April 28, 2013 at 09:58 PM
I grew up with these people, I even baby sat their children. Calling them scum and other harsh names are so hypocritical!! So they hit a rough patch and made some mistakes. I'm sure you have things you put before your children... money, sex, materialistic things. You have no right to judge them. Yes, what they did was wrong and they obviously shouldn't have done it, but do you really have the right and the place to call them scum? No, you don't. Kinda sad when a 17 year old has better morals than an adult.
Thompson Fitzgerald April 28, 2013 at 10:44 PM
Thank god there wasn't a Meth Explosion in this house. What a poor decision for these adults to make. And yes, when you jeopardize your children's safety for your SCUMBAG addictions or to make money- you are not a good parent. I am glad they were such sweet and nice people, who cares.


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