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Couple charged with child abuse after allegedly giving teens synthetic drug

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office has arrested a man and woman for felony child abuse after a deputy says they gave synthetic drugs to two teenaged girls.

The Sheriff's Office says while on patrol Sunday night around midnight a deputy noticed four people at Fort Fisher State Park. The deputy thought they were arguing and approached to investigate. When he got to them, he realized that the four were hallucinating. The deputy called for EMS assistance and tried to get more information from the four people.

Investigators say Raymond Joseph Jones, 28, and his girlfriend Melissa Carin Creekmore, 35, had ingested the synthetic drug 2C-I. Deputies say Creekmore and Jones had also given the drug to Creekmore's 16-year-old daughter and the daughter's 15-year-old friend, causing all four people to hallucinate.

After EMS treatment, Creekmore and Jones were arrested and taken to the New Hanover County Detention Facility. Both are charged with felony child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. They are in jail under $10,000 secure bond each.

Creekmore's daughter was placed into DSS custody, and the daughter's friend was released to her mother.

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