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Business break-in leads to child abuse charge

Posted February 2, 2011

— The investigation of a break-in at a Moore County business led to an employee also being charged with child abuse, officials with the sheriff's office said Wednesday.

Sheriff Lane Carter said that Mark Francis reported a break-in and the theft of some property from his business, Calco Enterprise Inc. in Aberdeen, on Jan. 3. An investigation pinpointed Mark Christopher Walker, 30, as a suspect, the sheriff said.

During Walker's arrest Wednesday, deputies determined that conditions in his home at 190 Quail Lane were bad enough to warrant child abuse charges, Carter said. His three children live at the home.

Walker was charged with breaking and entering, misdemeanor child abuse, larceny by employee, felony larceny and possession of stolen goods. He was given a $35,000 secured bond and scheduled to appear in court Feb. 17.

Walker previously served a six-year prison sentence for 1998 conviction for armed robbery, three counts of felony larceny and probation violations, according to state Department of Correction records. He had been on probation for larceny and breaking-and-entering convictions.


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  • scarlettlaroux Feb 2, 2011

    /QUOTE ... deputies determined that conditions in his home at 190 Quail Lane were bad enough to warrant child abuse charges, Carter said./END QUOTE

    Sounds like he has a really dirty, unsafe house. Children have been removed from homes because of this, and it is also called child abuse.

  • fearna Feb 2, 2011

    so...if he has a history of criminal behavior and probation violations, why is his bond only $35,000? oh, right - so he can return "home" and terrorize more people, including his children!!

  • ConcernedNCC Feb 2, 2011

    kcollier39: You could ask Bob on a local radio show who always says that everybody is one bad decision from landing in prison...although, his relatives seem to have made those decissions a lot more than most and he speaks like he gets close sometimes.

  • kcollier39 Feb 2, 2011

    why was he even allowed to have his kids stay with him in the first place after spending six years in prison for those crimes,is there anyone out there with any sense at all.

  • Winston Feb 2, 2011

    That is what happens when the masses are allowed to propagate.

  • redstarlean Feb 2, 2011

    misdemeanor child abuse? Anything that is classified as child abuse should be a felony

  • JAT Feb 2, 2011

    That's so sad - those poor 3 kids. Not just that they live in what must have been terrible conditions but that their dad can't straighten his life up. Is there a mom in the picture?