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Johnston couple charged with abusing toddler

Posted February 28, 2012

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— A Johnston County couple was charged Saturday with abusing their 21-month-old son.

After being called about a fight, deputies found Richard Scott Lane, 27, and Kelsey Jana Hood, 19, outside and their toddler alone inside their home at 6900 Hickory Crossroads in Princeton, authorities said.

Investigators with the Johnston County Sheriff's Office said that Lane abused both his son and girlfriend.

The boy had severe bruising on his face and head and red marks on his body, authorities said. Hood showed signs of having been choked, along with a bite mark and bruises.

Lane and Hood were charged with felony child abuse resulting in serious injury and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Investigators said they charged Hood because she knew about the child abuse and did nothing to report it or stop it. She was given a $50,500 bond.

Lane was also charged with domestic assault, assault on a government official and resisting a public officer. He was being held under a $300,000 bond.

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  • danderson221 Feb 29, 2012

    Drugs will do this to people and they just do not care. It's ashame an innocent baby is involved.

  • gnewsome1 Feb 28, 2012

    He's not a man, he's refuse, plain and simple and does not deserve to be breathing the same air as decent folks.

  • gnewsome1 Feb 28, 2012

    "Investigators with the Johnston County Sheriff's Office said that Lane abused both his son and girlfriend"
    He needs to be given a huge dose of his own medicine. What kind of sick person gets off by beating up a young child and a woman?? He needs graveyard justice.

  • CharmedLife Feb 28, 2012

    Not much of a man if you ask me. Any man who has to whoop up on a woman and child is too much of a punk to take a real hit froma real man! Hope he makes lots of new friends in jail!! LOL

  • saywhaaaaat Feb 28, 2012

    "Bring back public hangings for Murder, Rape and any type of child neglect/abuse/molestation/rape. IT won't take long for folks to get the message. Elect me president and I will clean up the trash in this country." -dwr1964

    I like that idea....ummhummm

  • dwr1964 Feb 28, 2012

    Bring back public hangings for Murder, Rape and any type of child neglect/abuse/molestation/rape. IT won't take long for folks to get the message. Elect me president and I will clean up the trash in this country.

  • k2tal38 Feb 28, 2012

    You would have to kill me before I stood by and let you choke or bite my child!! I would rather die than let that to happen!!

  • robjustrob Feb 28, 2012

    To effectively address heinous capital offenses against children, we really ought to consider crucifixion as a just punishment. I mean, let's show taht we're serious about protecting children from these abusers.

  • jules014 Feb 28, 2012

    It's important to note that all adults in North Carolina are mandated reporters of child abuse. Having drug paraphernalia in the home is enough to justify child endangerment charges for the mother, whether she is a victim of abuse or not. It's a sad story but the mother had an obligation to report the child abuse even if she does not want to report the abuse to herself. The so called class of the family doesn't matter. Abuse happens in all kinds of homes in this country. It's a sad reality.

  • ncpolicegc1 Feb 28, 2012

    The deputy(s) is taking it hard. This is something you can't be trained for. emotional

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