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Four arrested, baby in protective custody after drug deal goes bad

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A man who says he was the victim of a crime wound up in jail over the weekend along with the people he said tried to rob him. The arrests also left a baby in protective care.

Joshua Alan Connett, 24, told Wilmington Police he tried to buy drugs in the parking lot behind the Ramada Inn on Market Street from three people he had bought drugs from before. Connett said this time, though, one of the people pulled out what appeared to be a small hand gun and demanded his money.

Police stopped the car a short time later at 16th and Market. They arrested and took Jamie Ted Pressley, 26, John Ray Tobin Jr., 21, and Leona Lavonya Tobin, 24. Officers also found an eight-month-old baby in the car. They turned the child over to the New Hanover County Department of Social Services.

Police charged Connett with one count of attempting to violate the controlled substance act. He was booked at the New Hanover County Jail with a $1,000 unsecure bond.

Pressley and John Tobin are charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon. Leona Tobin is charged with conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, misdemeanor child abuse and reckless driving. They are all in jail under $50,000 bond.

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An just to say the media

An just to say the media changes the stories so.much an blows shit up.Naw its not right what happened but she needed help instead of dogging your residence on drung try to help them she was a great girl some people let other in there life that takes the life down but of course nobody cares let one of your xholdren be in her place an someone say hang them or hurt them thats not the answer they need help.

IDIOTS

IDIOTS, IDIOTS, IDIOTS, IDIOTS!!!!!! I do not think I could be any clearer about what these fools are. The parents of that baby should never see that child again. Put these jacka$$es away for life they do not deserve to be free ever again!!!!!!

Sad

At first I had to laugh that someone could be so stupid as to call police to let them know that they got robbed while making a drug deal. But then the sadness crept it, especially to learn there was an 8 month old baby in the car. These people not only put themselves in harm's way but the baby. I just don't understand the mentality of this mom. I guess the love of drugs outweighed the love of the child. Hope someone steps up and takes the baby and this mother does not get it back.

DRUG DEAL GONE BAD

WELL ALL DIS IS VERY SAD BUT I GUESS SHE HAD IT CUMMIN TO HER. WE ALL KNEW HE WUZ NO GUD TO BEGIN WIT, BUT O WELL SHE KNEW WAT SHE WUZ DOIN. I JUST DNT SEEM TO UNDERSTAND Y SHE WOULD HAVE THA BABY WIT HER, WAT KIND OF A MOTHER IS SHE. THA STATE SHOULD NOT LET HER HAVE THA KIDS BAK CUZ SHE IS AN UNFIT MOTHER TO BEGIN WIT. THANK GOD HER 6 YR OLD DAUGHTER WAZ WIT HER DADDY AT DAT TYME. THA STATE SHOULD GIVE HIM FULL CUSTODY OF HIS LL GIRL. HE LUVS DAT LIL GIRL WT ALL HS HEART N SOUL. KEEP THEM LOW LIFES IN JAIL WHERE THEY BELONG, DATS WHERE TRASH NEEDS TO B.............

unbelieveable

What kind of idiot calls the police and tells them they got robbed trying to buy drugs? Sounds like he already had enough drugs in his system to make him stupid!

Really? I guess the kind of

Really? I guess the kind of idiot that puts the well being of an innocent baby ahead of himself. And thank God he did, obviously the babies mother was not! Obviously buying a small amount of marijuana is illegal, and not real smart, but seriously, when they unroll the window, point a gun at you, demand your money, drive out of the parking lot like crazy people, with a baby in the car? What choice did he have? I think it took guts to put himself out there like that!
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drug deal gone bad

Can't believe we don't have any comments on this story.Must not be the flavor of the month........

Drug deal gone wrong

Double standard USA or should we say
the citizens of Wilmington

Hang these low lifes

Wilmingon is going to the dogs. These white low lifes buying drugs with a baby in tow. I wonder if they are involved in a gang??? Where are the parents who raised this bunch?? Seriously though.. glad the innocent child was not harmed.

So hang them smh head they

So hang them smh head they didnt kill anyone an are u racist an also the baby shouldnt of been there an did not get hurt an the baby is with family s no body was murdered she is not right for wat they done bit this is not her she wasent raised like that drug tend to over power people an she.needd help instead of people dogging people they should reach hands out to help stop her addiction smh to the low life who wrote.this

my fam

Well she was not involved with her mother an obviously she had a habbit an the baby wasent hurt an the fam has her kids naw i do not say it was ok but im in ohio that is fam an she or he was never like that or raised like that some people make that wrong turn an i wish i was there to correct them buy wasent somebody is her motivate period

Drug deal gone bad

Go figure!!!!!!!!!!

If I am reading correctly

the baby was in the vehicle occupied by the sellers; one of the male members would appear to be the Father; and the female member of the crew is the Mother?

She should never be allowed the return of the child. And there should be some means to ensure she does not expose any other children to those types of circumstances.

And if on any form of entitlement program, they should be disbarred for life.

yepp and she been doing it

yepp and she been doing it for YEARS!! haa she got another kid too 5 yrs old maybe 6 a girl

So who are you an what has

So who are you an what has leona been doin for years obvious she need help instead of doggin her somebody should of took her tp rehab pr something she my first cousion an she was never like that she meeded strong role models