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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 5A TRIAL: Defense says cli nt offered to t from page 1A Sullivan, told detectives that "bang" sound in the toddler's Stringfellow's apartment Stringfellow had also bitten bedroom, about 5:30 p.m. The man said her on two occasions -- once He said he went to the the crying lasted about five died "due to multiple injuries on the leg and once on the room and saw the boy on the minutes. He said he then of blunt force trauma." neck. She said both bitesground. He said it looked like heard "a solid thump on the Clark said she didn't think happened without warning,the toddler tripped over a floor" of Stringfellow's the injuries were caused by Although Stringfellow stuffed animal and hit his apartment. He said there was an accident. "They appear to admitted to biting the toddler head on the dresser. He said no crying after that. have been inflicted," she as a form of discipline, he Duguay suffered a cut lip and Cunan noted that the man said. When the district told detectives he never tried a bump on the head. refused to be interviewed by attorney asked.Clark if it was to hurt him. Stringfellow said he sentthe defense's investigator. fair to say the toddler "was He said Duguay fell at least Sullivan a text message at The man said he refused bruised from head to toe,' twice the day he was 3:34 p.m. to tell her what because he wanted his she responded "yes." watching him -- once in the happened, testimony to be heard in She said that trauma to the bedroom and later as he was After cleaning the toddler's court. He added that people head was the likely cause of giving him a shower. He said lip, Stringfellow said he fed were angry with him for death. However, the boy's the toddler had also him. He said Duguay threwtalking about the case. body also had bruising previously fallen at a up twice after eating. The man said he has a son caused by human bite marks, playground. He said he then took a about the same age as The video clearly showed Defense attorney Jeff shower with the boy and the Stringfellow's own 5-year-old the bite marks. Clark said Cunan argued the fall in the toddler fell and hit his head son. He said the boys played there was evidence of bites to bedroom could have causedon the edge of the bathtub together, sometimes in an arm, leg and "a minimum the boy's head injuries. He when they were getting out. Stringfellow's apartment. of 10 bite marks on the said some of the bruises were Stringfellow told He told the court he had buttocks." similar in shape to toys and investigators he then put the "no reason" to believe that Sheriffs Detective Chris part of a dresser drawer that toddler to bed. Stringfellow was anything Hendrickson said were on the bedroom floor. A man who lived in the but a good father. Stringfellow admitted to Stringfellow told detectives apartment directly below In his closing argument, biting the boy. that he was in the livingStringfellow testified that he Cunan emphasized that Stringfellow's girlfriend, room when he heard a heard crying coming from Stringfellow has been erl Dan McDonald Substance Control, assisted Managing Editor with the recovery of lab dmcdonald@plumasnews.com paraphernalia, glassware and chemicals commonly A Chester man was used to manufacture meth. arrested on several felony According to counts last week after a Investigations Sgt. Steve search by sheriffs deputies Peay, the search also and detectives revealed uncovered a stolen SKS firearms, stolen property and rifle from a recent burglary a suspected of a storage unit in the methamphetamine lab. Chester area. James Walter Judlin III, 32, Peay said during the is charged with search of the apartment, manufacturing of a detectives recovered controlled substance, additional chemicals used possession of a firearm by a to manufacture meth. convicted felon, possession of Judlin was reportedly stolen property and arrested after he was spotted committing a felony while leaving the storage unit. out on bail. A second suspect, Jessica Judlin is being held in the Maureen Welch, 27, of Plumas County jail on Chester, was detained at the $500,000 bail. storage unit but was not Deputies served two search arrested. warrants in Chester about 6 "The sheriffs office will p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11. be requesting the possible One search was conducted prosecution of Welch after at a storage unit facility at the investigation has been 741 Main St and the other at completed and more 258 Laurel Lane, Apt. 3. information has been At the storage facility gathered," Peay said. detectives discovered an He said the case, which alleged methamphetamine is still under investigation, manufacturing operation has been turned over to the inside the unit. The sheriffs district attorney's office office, along with the for review. California Department of suspe Meth labs can be anywhere Peay said meth labs can be hidden in many places throughout the county. "Drug labs turn up in houses, storage units, barns, apartments, trailers, campers, cabins and motel rooms," Peay said. He said they can even be in the back of pickup trucks. He said the equipment used in a drug lab can be very small. "It can fit in a duffel bag, a cardboard box or the trunk of a car." la red chemically stained coffee filters, drain cleaner and duct tape. --Unusual number of glass containers being brought into the home. --Windows blacked out or covered by aluminum foil, plywood, sheets, blankets, etc'. ~Secretive or protective equipment surrounding the residence like video cameras, alarm systeins, guard dogs, reinforced doors and electrified fencing. --People exiting the structure to smoke. --Little or no mail or Telltale signs furniture, visible trash, and Following are some signs to no newspaper delivery. look for in identifying a potential drug lab: Call the sheriff --Unusual, strong odors (as Peay emphasized that drug of cat urine, ether, ammonia, labs are hazardous to the acetone or other chemicals), community. They --Renters who pay their contaminate the environment landlords in cash. (Most drug and watershed and pose dealers trade exclusively in health hazards. "Not to cash), mention the collateral --Lots of traffic -- people damage to families and coming and going at unusual children associated with times. There may be little manufacturing traffic during the day, but a methamphetamine." dramatic increase at night. The sheriffs department --Excessive trash, encourages anyone who including large quantities of suspects there is a drug lab items such as antifreeze nearby to call the detective containers, lantern fuel cans, unit at 283-6363. ke polygr cooperative throughout the investigation. He said Stringfellow continued to answer questions without a lawyer present after he was read his Miranda rights. He added Stringfellow agreed to take a poIygraph test that detectives offered him, but that the test was never given. Cunan said the bites were an "unfortunate" attempt at discipline. But he said there is nothing to show that Stringfellow did anything to cause the child's death. 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