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Man Charged With Running Meth Lab In His Elderly Aunt's Home

SANTA ANA (AP) — A Southern California man has been charged with running a methamphetamine lab in the living room of
his bedridden, 87-year-old aunt.

Orange County prosecutors say 52-year-old Thomas George Hogue is his aunt's caretaker and the woman was confined to a room in another part of the Anaheim home.

The woman's granddaughter telephoned the Anaheim Police Department on Monday because she hadn't heard from her grandmother for three months. Officers making a welfare check discovered the meth lab and arrested Hogue.

Prosecutors say Hogue has been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, elder abuse and dependent adult abuse, all felonies.

If convicted, he faces up to eight years in prison.

The elderly aunt is now in the care of another family member.

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