20-year-old charged, infant and 2 suspects missing after meth explosion

akflanagan@thestate.comJune 11, 2014 

— Richland County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for two suspects and a three-month-old boy after a meth explosion in a mobile home, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies received a call about an explosion just after 8 a.m. at the Alpine Regency Mobile Home Park, Richland County Sheriff’s Department Spokesman Sgt. Curtis Wilson said.

The Alpine Regency Mobile Home Park is located in the 2900 block of Alpine Road.

Deputies determined the explosion was caused by meth, Sgt. Wilson said.

“After the explosion, the people in the home called a friend to come get them,” Wilson said.

Two adults dropped the one man who was injured in the explosion off at Palmetto Health Richland, Wilson said.

Wilson said Tuesday the suspect who was dropped off at the hospital was the child’s father. He later corrected himself, and said the suspect in custody is not the father of the child.

Deputies have charged 20-year-old William Tenuto, with manufacturing methamphetamine, unlawful distribution of methamphetamine waste and hazardous waste management act.

Deputies originally believed the child had been taken to the Augusta Burn Center, Sgt. Wilson said.

Wilson said the two adults did not take the child to the hospital and are wanted by authorities.

“They kept going, and we don’t know if the child was injured,” Wilson said. “We are looking for a four-door, silver Pontiac.”

The Richland County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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