Babies present when man murdered during drug deal near Holly Springs, warrants show

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A Wake County man is accused of bringing two babies to a drug deal where he murdered a man, arrest warrants show. 

James Adam Hooker, 25, was arrested early Tuesday and was charged with first-degree murder and two counts felony child abuse inflicting serious mental or physical injury. 

Hooker is accused of bringing two children, ages 1 and 2 weeks, to a drug deal Monday evening, deputies said.

The incident was reported around 5:40 p.m. along Arrowhead Drive, a street off Stephenson Road which is northeast of Holly Springs, a Wake County Sheriff’s Office official said.

Michael Farrington, 36, was taken to WakeMed and later died, according to Wake County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Eric Curry.

Hooker is charged with killing Farrington during that drug deal, warrants say. 

The babies suffered “serious mental injury” due to what transpired while they were in Hooker’s care, deputies say. Hooker’s girlfriend was also present, the Wake County Sheriff’s Office said. 

Hooker received a $100,000 bond for the child abuse charges but no bond was listed for the murder charge.

He is scheduled to appear before a Wake County judge Tuesday.

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