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Photos Lead to Trouble for Parents

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DURHAM — A young Durham couple has been charged withwith child abuse after police found snapshots they tookof their 2-year-old son, including one in which he is smiling and holding a 12-gauge shotgun.

In a second series of photos, the same boy is seen sitting on a bed atop apile of money, wearing a diaper and holding a smallcellular phone to his ear.

`In my experience - and I've done hundreds of these things - I've neverseen anything quite like this,'' Durham policeInvestigator Charles Sole said. ``It totally shocked me.''

When asked about the photos, Sole said thecouple didn't understand why he was making a fussabout the pictures during their interrogation.

Police said the found the pictures when they raided an apartment andarrested the boy's 20-year-old mother, Joyce Powell, and her 19-year-old boyfriend, Andras Snell, on charges of possession with intent to sell and deliver and maintaining a dwelling for selling drugs.

Police confiscated a .32-caliber revolver, 64 bags of marijuana, $132in cash and the shotgun. The shotgun prompted police tofile additional charges against Snell and Powell for possession andmanufacture of a weapon of mass destruction.

While searching for incriminating paperwork, police found the photos in anupstairs bedroom, Sole said. The child abusecharges he filed are considered general misdemeanors.

Sole said he was still trying to find Snell who had been released on bondfrom the Durham County Jail. Powell, who is ninemonths pregnant, has been transferred to the Correctional Institute forWomen in Raleigh.

The case began about a week ago when Sole received complaints about drugactivity in the Damar Court public housingcomplex.


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