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2 in Belmont face meth charges; DSS takes child

Two Belmont residents remained in jail Friday, accused of operating a methamphetamine lab in a home where a 3-year-old also was living.

Robin Rhyne Jr., 27, and Kimberly Hall, 51, who lived at a home in the 800 block of Gaston Avenue Extension, were arrested Wednesday afternoon. They were charged after police and a social services department staff member came to the residence after getting a report of possible drug activity.

Belmont police Chief Charlie Franklin said officers got permission from the residents to search the house, and he said police found the equipment and precursor over-the-counter medications needed to make meth. Belmont, Gaston County and state law enforcement officers searched the house into the early-morning hours Thursday.

Rhyne and Hall each was charged with a number of offenses, including possession and manufacture of meth. They also were charged with misdemeanor child abuse, because of the presence of the 3-year-old.

Rhyne was jailed under $100,000 bond, and Hall was held under $60,000 bond.

The Department of Social Services took custody of the child, and Franklin said the presence of the 3-year-old in the residence disturbed him.

“For people to be involved in something like that is bad,” the chief said. “But when you involve children who can’t fend for themselves, that is truly distressing.”

Steve Lyttle: 704-358-6107 Twitter: @slyttle
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