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Two children found at Clayton meth lab

Posted November 29, 2012 4:08 p.m. EST
Updated November 30, 2012 1:56 p.m. EST

— Two people are in custody after deputies discovered an active methamphetamine lab at a Clayton home Thursday morning and executed a search warrant there in the afternoon, according to the Johnston County Sheriff's Office.

Douglas Lee Brock, 33, and Tara Nicole Bunn, 29, each face seven charges – manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of precursor chemicals, felony conspiracy, maintaining a dwelling for the manufacture of meth, misdemeanor child abuse, misdemeanor marijuana possession and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Deputies found a 4-year-old Peyton Brock inside the home, at 150 Loop Road, near Archer Lodge.

The girl and a 6-year-old boy, who lives in the home but wasn't there when deputies arrived, were removed from the home by the Department of Social Services.

Capt. Alex Fish said it's not uncommon to find children in dangerous conditions at meth labs.

"The parents get hooked on meth. They start cooking meth," Fish said. "They lose all regard for hygiene, for family members. It's a bad situation all the way around."

Brock and Dunn consented to DSS workers interviewing the children and testing them to determine their exposure to the toxic chemicals used to make meth. The children were with relatives Friday, but DSS officials said they plan to file for custody of the children next week.

Deputies and hazardous materials crews searched the home for 12 hours Thursday, removing some drug-manufacturing materials from the children's room.

Brock was being held Friday in the Johnston County jail under a $150,000 bond, while Bunn was being held under a $100,000 bond.