Smithfield, N.C. — Friday morning, Douglas Brock, 33, stood in a Johnston County courtroom with tears in his eyes and listened to the charges against him and the mother of his children.
Brock and Tara Bunn, 29, face seven charges each, including manufacturing methamphetamine and child abuse.
The judge doubled the couple's bond at the request of the district attorney's office. Brock's bond was raised from $80,000 to $150,000, and Bunn's bond was raised from $50,000 to $100,000.
The couple's home near Archer Lodge was searched by Johnston County deputies Thursday night. The couple has two children, a 4-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy.
Deputies said the couple's daughter, Peyton Brock, was home when they arrived. Deputies found meth materials in the children's rooms.
During the court hearing, Brock and Bunn signed consent forms for Social Services to test the children for chemicals in their system and to interview them. Social Services plans to file a petition Tuesday for custody of the children, who are now staying with relatives.
Deputies suspect the children were exposed to the meth lab. Hospital staff could smell meth chemicals coming from the girl's skin while decontaminating her, deputies said.