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Mother and four children displaced after houseguest makes meth in child's room

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The home of the Quillen family after it was boarded up for decontamination. The home of the Quillen family after it was boarded up for decontamination.

On her 31st birthday, Erin Quillen sorted through numerous donations in the bed of her truck, and the few items she managed to get out of her home on Indian Run Road before it was boarded up.

"We've lost everything," says the mother of four. "Our house, our clothes."

Quillen says a co-worker, 35-year-old Jessica Sammons, asked if she could stay at the home for a few days.

"I wanted to help her out," said Quillen. "I have a big heart."

Earlier this week, Quillen says she asked her guest to get out. 

"She assured me that morning that she was gonna leave," Quillen said.

But that afternoon, Quillen tells me she got a call from a friend who passed by the home, and saw her front door was open.  Upon checking, she says Sammons and a man named Ryan Cornwell were locked in the bedroom of Quillen's 14-year-old daughter.

Police arrived, and removed a one-pot meth lab and two generators.

"Basically, I feel like she took advantage of me," says Quillen. "Like that was what she had planned all along."

Police deemed Quillen's home unfit for habitation.  The home has been boarded up until it is decontaminated and inspected.  Even after that, it might not be livable.

Quillen says one thing she has learned in the days following Monday's bust, is to be more selective about who she trusts.  She says the stakes are too high.

She has a 14-year-old, 12-year-old and two-year-old twins.

"That does keep me from giving up," Quillen said. "Those kids are my life. Those kids are all I have left now."

Sammons and Cornwell are in the Green County Detention Center.

They are due in court on Wednesday.

Quillen says she plans to attend that hearing, and let the court know how families are paying a huge price for the drug crimes other people commit.

According to police, no children were home at the time of the bust.  A fund has been set up to assist the children, while the family relocates and rebuilds. To make a donation, go to any First and Peoples' Bank, and say you would like to make a donation to Erin Quillen and her family.

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