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North Carolina couple arrested after 3-year-old tests positive for meth

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Kirk William Biddix and Ellen Marie Pritchard, both 27, and both of Marion

MARION, N.C. — A North Carolina couple was arrested after a 3-year-old at their home tested positive for meth, according to deputies.

WSPA reported that Kirk William Biddix and Ellen Marie Pritchard, both 27, and both of Marion, face charges of negligent child abuse inflicting serious injury and misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The suspects live together in a home with two children, ages 2 and 3, according to deputies.

The McDowell County Sheriff’s Office started investigating after receiving a report from the McDowell County Department of Social Services about possible drug use at the home.

Deputies said the 3-year-old tested positive for methamphetamine and the 2-year-old tested negative.