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Pot in tot's room

By Steve Lyttle

slyttle@charlotteobserver.com

Two Lincoln County residents have been jailed and charged with growing marijuana in the bedroom closet of an 18-month-old child.

The sheriff's office says David Lee McMurtry, 23, and Marie Ann Hawkins, 19, were charged after detectives answering a tip found marijuana growing in the pair's house in Denver.

McMurtry and Hawkins, who live in the 800 block of Armstrong Lane, were charged with manufacturing a controlled substance, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. They had their first appearance in District Court on Tuesday and are being held in a Lincoln County jail on $20,000 secured bond.

Larry Seagle, a spokesman for the sheriff's office, said narcotics detectives got a Crime Stoppers tip that marijuana was being grown at the house. Detectives went to the residence Monday. Seagle said officers found two marijuana plants in two closets – one of them in the bedroom of the toddler.

The plants and equipment used to grow them were seized, Seagle said, and the child was placed by the Department of Social Services with a family member.

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