Mt. Vernon woman gets 5 years for meth-related child endangerment

JEFFERSON COUNTY — A 28-year-old Mt. Vernon woman was sentenced Tuesday in Jefferson County Court to five years in prison after she pleaded guilty to meth-related child endangerment.

In exchange for her guilty plea to Class 2 felony meth-related child endangerment, charges of Class X felony manufacturing more than 900 grams of methamphetamine and Class 2 felony possession of less than 15 grams of meth precursors against Patricia Henry were dismissed.

Henry was arrested in December, along with 22-year-old Levi Perrine, after officers responded to a home in the 1300 block of South 12th Street to investigate suspicious odors reported by an anonymous caller.

Officers were able to confirm the odors and members of the Mt. Vernon Police Department/Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Unit were called to the scene along with a Hazardous Materials Unit from the Mt. Vernon Fire Department.

Narcotics detectives ultimately executed a search warrant for the home that was issued by Judge David Overstreet. The detectives reportedly located methamphetamine, multiple methamphetamine labs, chemicals used in the production of methamphetamine, and discarded items from previous lab productions. The Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team responded to clean up the residence.

All three children were transported to a local hospital for a medical checkup and the Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) responded.

Perrine was on parole from the Illinois Department of Corrections and has since been returned to IDOC custody.