A North Carolina couple was arrested after police had to force their way into the couple’s home, after a neighbor found their 2-year-old son walking alone. When she couldn’t make contact with the parents, she called in police, who found the parents passed out in bed, surrounded by drugs.
The couple did not even notice their 2-year-old go missing. They have three children all together, all of whom are in the care of a family member at the moment.
Authorities charged the couple with possession of schedule II drugs, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and child abuse. Police say when they entered the home they found drug paraphernalia everywhere, including marijuana and cocaine, in places where it could be easily accessible to children.
The Daily Mail has more:
Two parents were arrested after their 2-year-old son was found walking along a road alone this week, police in North Carolina say.
A passer-by stopped to help the child on Monday and determined the toddler lived at a home on Hasty School Road in Thomasville, The Dispatch reports.
The passer-by tried making contact with people in the home, but couldn’t and reached out to police, the newspaper says.
When Thomasville police forced their way into the home on Monday, they found the parents, Jeremy Nelson Billings and Melinda Wright Billings in bed and unaware their child had left.
Police say officers found marijuana, cocaine and other drug paraphernalia inside the home.
Authorities charged the couple with possession of schedule II drugs, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and child abuse.
Social services was contacted and the parents’ three children are in a family member’s custody, Fox 8 reports.
The parents, both 30, are jailed under $5,000 bond each. It’s not known if they have attorneys. The parents are scheduled to be in court on March 29.
Pamela Thomas lives on the other side of the street, and told WFMY: ‘This road is pretty rough. It stays busy all the time. He could’ve been killed.
‘That would’ve been horrible. That would’ve been horrible!’
The Billings moved in about a month ago, according to Thomas.
She told the station: ‘My heart really goes out to him. That little boy is going to be changed forever.
‘I’m totally shocked. I have a grand baby that’s four and I couldn’t imagine.’
Thomasville is about 20 miles southeast of Winston-Salem.