Two suspects previously arrested for drug trafficking are now facing multiple charges of child abuse, Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell said.
On Tuesday, Jamie Dawn Hill and Joseph Watson Perrigan were each charged with two counts of misdemeanor child abuse and two counts of misdemeanor contributing to delinquency of a juvenile by neglect, a news release stated.
Both suspects were already in custody at the Iredell County Detention Center from an arrest earlier in May, but the Narcotics Division of the sheriff’s office continued working on the investigation due to young children having been at the home of the arrest, Campbell said.
The release said two children were found at the home, aged 3 months to more than 1 year old, and were exposed to several different illegal narcotics, leading to the additional abuse charges.
On May 2, Sgts. Ernie Line and Ryan Sherrill with the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team went to a home on the 400 block of Pilch Road and arrested three people. The release said authorities were assisting investigators from the Iredell County Department of Social Services following a complaint from concerned citizens.
Line asked for assistance with the investigation after arriving at the residence, Campbell said. Authorities obtained a search warrant and discovered a marijuana growing operation inside a room at the residence, he said.
Campbell said multiple items of paraphernalia and contraband were also found within the home.
Two small children were found at the home and were placed in the custody of Social Services for their safety and wellbeing, the release stated.
Hill, 29, was originally arrested on felony charges of manufacturing marijuana and maintaining a dwelling to sell controlled substance. She was charged with misdemeanor possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor possession of marijuana paraphernalia.
Hill originally received a $5,000 bond.
Perrigan, 36, was charged with felony manufacturing marijuana, felony maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also served on an outstanding arrest warrant and a fugitive warrant, the release stated. He originally received a $106,000 bond.
Also arrested at the home was Christopher Dale Troutman, 28, on an outstanding warrant for drug trafficking, the release stated. He was found possessing a Schedule III controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. Arrest reports show he received a $15,000 secured bond.
Both Hill and Perrigan received a $30,000 secured bond on the child abuse charges, and have $35,000 and $136,000 secured bonds respectively.