A Selma couple faces child abuse charges after their 8-month-old and 18-month-old daughters tested positive for methamphetamine.
Alison Louise Hill, 24, and Rufus Charles Futch, 50, who live at 984 Pine Level Micro Road, were under investigation by the Department of Social Services when suspicions arose that they were using meth, said Tammy Amaon, spokeswoman for the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office.
DSS asked the sheriff’s office to test the girls, Amaon said, and they each had high levels of the illegal substance in their bodies.
DSS has taken custody of the two girls and a boy.
When children test positive for meth, Amaon said, it usually means someone cooked the drug while the kids were home.
“The chemicals are so strong they just go straight to your system,” she said.
The sheriff’s narcotics division will continue the investigation, Amaon said.
Hill and Futch were arrested June 12 and each charged with two counts of misdemeanor child abuse. They posted bail and were released later that day.
Their next court date is July 30.