On Tuesday night, Sandra and Brian Howell were arrested at their home on Woodbury Lane and charged with two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor as well as the other charges, Detective Candy Worthy with the Canton Police Department said in a release.
The 49-year-old father and 48-year-old mother will be transported to the Cherokee County Detention Facility for processing, Worthy said.
A second 14-year-old boy was also arrested on Monday at 5:30 p.m. on two counts of possession and manufacture of a destructive device.
The juveniles’ names were not released because of their age.
Additionally, a female child inside the residence was taken to the Canton Police Department and turned over to the Department of Children and Family Services, police said.
“At this time, detectives are continuing their investigation and more arrests are possible,” Worthy said.
On Monday, Assistant Chief Todd Vande Zande said a tip received by his department led investigators to the home on the 100 block of Woodbury Lane, which he said contained six explosive devices.
“I don’t think we’ve ever had an incident where we’ve located potential explosive devices, especially in this number, in a residence in this city,” Vande Zande said Tuesday.
A search warrant was executed Thursday around 12:30 p.m. at the home with assistance from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Bomb Squad and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Based on evidence from the scene and interviews with members of the residence, charges were filed against the juvenile.
Though Cherokee County School District begins its first day of school Wednesday, Canton Police Chief Robert Merchant said he did not have any knowledge that the boy planned to bring the devices to school.
“We did detonate one of the devices at the scene,” Merchant said in an interview Monday. “We’re going to turn all of the evidence over to ATF for them to analyze in the crime lab.”
Merchant said additional materials were found during a search of the boy’s room, all of which also taken into custody.
Vande Zande said Monday the boy’s parents had been cooperative throughout the investigation. He said a couple of other witnesses have also been consulted during the investigation.
However, Merchant would not comment on the suspect’s motive or what the boy’s intended purpose was for the pipe bombs.
“It’s going to require a number of interviews to understand what the purpose of constructing this device was,” Merchant said.
Merchant said the community and residents should rest easier knowing that a “superb job” was performed by Canton Police as well as GBI and ATF members.
“I think a good thing happened today,” Merchant said. “(An explosion) could have done potential harm to anyone in the vicinity of the device.”
The boy is being held at the Canton Police Department, but will soon be transferred to another facility.