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Cayuga County man admits that he was actually making meth when he told officials he was making chicken wings

A Cayuga County admitted on Tuesday that he was covering up for a meth making operation when he told officials that a woman he was with caught fire while making chicken wings.
Auburn (WSYR-TV) – A Cayuga County admitted on Tuesday that he was covering up for a meth making operation when he told officials that a woman he was with caught fire while making chicken wings.

Daniel Van Luven, 44, of Moravia, pleaded guilty to manufacturing meth in the second degree, a felony, and also endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

He will spend two years in prison and two years on post-release supervision in exchange for the plea.

The woman who was with him – Dawn Royea – was on probation for felony convictions at the time of the incident at Brogan Manor Apartments on Olympia Avenue in Auburn. She returned to prison.

The Cayuga County District Attorney’s office said that the incident began around 4 a.m. on May 9 when neighbors heard screams and then saw Royea rolling in the grass on fire.

When they arrived at a medical facility, Royea had burns over 40 percent of her body, while Van Luven had burns on his hands.

Van Luven initially told officials that they were cooking chicken wings in a frying pan when Royea’s shirt caught fire.

He told officials that he threw the frying pan in the woods outside of the Brogan Manor apartment complex.

When they looked for the pan, however, officials found equipment and substances associated with manufacturing methamphetamine.

They also found meth-making materials in a dumpster and – after obtaining a warrant – they found more evidence in the residence.

Royea was arraigned on Tuesday.

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