A southwest Kansas couple was arrested and their three young children taken into protective custody after officers say they found methamphetamine in their home.

Captain Robert Rogers of the Liberal police department said the children, who were 5, 3 and 1, were taken to a hospital, where one of them tested positive for methamphetamine.

KAKE-TV reports the 27-year-old mother reported Saturday that she had been in an argument with her 34-year-old husband, who had left the home.

Rogers says officers believed the woman was under the influence and the children were not being care for.  He says syringes and methamphetamine were within the children’s reach.

The man and woman were each charged with possession of meth and paraphernalia, aggravated child endangerment and child abuse.