The Iredell County Department of Social Services on Tuesday took custody of an infant and a toddler after deputies turned up a marijuana-growing operation inside their Troutman home, according to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office.

Two suspects face child-abuse charges after the children “were exposed to several different illegal narcotics” in the home in the 400 block of Pilch Road, the sheriff’s office said in a press release.

Jamie Dawn Hill, 29, and Joseph Watson Perrigan, 36, are charged child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of minor, in addition to drug charges.

DSS took custody of the the children, who are three months and one-and-half years old, authorities said. The sheriff’s office did not say whether the children are related to the suspects.

Deputies originally accompanied DSS investigators to the home in response to reports from citizens who concerned about the well-being of the children. Deputies called in narcotics investigators, who obtained a search warrant.

Deputies found a marijuana-growing operation inside the house, as well as paraphernalia and other drug-related items.

Perrigan also was charged with felony manufacturing marijuana, felony maintaining a dwelling to sell or use controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also served a fugitive-from-justice warrant. Perrigan was given a $106,000 secured bond.

Hill is charged with felony manufacturing marijuana, felony maintaining a dwelling to sell or use controlled substances and misdemeanor possession of a Schedule II controlled substance. She was given a $5,000 bond for the drug charges and a $30,000 bond for the child-abuse charges.

A third suspect, Christopher Dale Troutman, was arrested on an outstanding warrant related to the sales of narcotics.


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