BCSO: 'Spice' found at Statesboro assault crime scene

Thomas Jason Browning (Source: Bulloch Co. Sheriff's Office)
Thomas Jason Browning (Source: Bulloch Co. Sheriff's Office)
Amber Fields (Source: Paula Fields)
Amber Fields (Source: Paula Fields)

STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) - Investigators with the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office say spice was the drug that a Statesboro man told 911 dispatchers that he and his girlfriend were having a reaction to early Sunday morning.

Thomas Jason Browning, 23, is charged with aggravated assault with the intent to murder and aggravated battery in connection with the assault on Amber Fields.

Bulloch County EMS and deputies were dispatched to 907 Brannen Rd. after getting a call at 12:54 a.m. Sunday from Browning.

EMS and deputies saw Fields unresponsive on the floor with trauma to her head. Browning and Fields were taken to East Georgia Regional Medical Center.

A violent assault upon Fields had taken place inside the residence, according to the sheriff's office. The residence was secured by deputies for processing by investigators.

Fields was then airlifted to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah due to the severity of her injuries. She is in serious condition at Memorial. Her mother, Paula Fields, told WTOC that her daughter is almost unrecognizable. Fields underwent five hours of intense plastic surgery.

Packets of spice had been found at the residence, according to the sheriff's office. Smoking the substance can result in paranoia, the sheriff's office said citing online information.

Spice is sold at several stores in the Statesboro area.

Browning's bond has not been set.

Those with information on this case may contact Inv. Walter Deal at 912.764.8888.

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