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Two face charges in separate child-related crimes

Posted January 16, 2013

— Two people in Johnston County face charges in separate child-related crimes.

A Willow Spring man has been arrested on charges that he inappropriately touched an 8-year-old child.

The Johnston County Sheriff's Office arrested Diego Cruz Lopez, 63, of Zoai Place, on Monday on one count of felony taking indecent liberties with a minor.

He was jailed under a $40,000 bond.

In a separate case, investigators also charged Erika D. Todd, 31, of Kenly, with assault on a child under 12 after she allegedly assaulted her 3-year-old daughter in front of a deputy.

Authorities said she "grabbed" the child and picked her up in a "violent manner."

Todd was also charged with malicious conduct by a prisoner after she allegedly tried to spit on a deputy several times.

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  • dwr1964 Jan 17, 7:48 p.m.

    Let us put your theory to the test.

    i dont know but i think what North Carolina Cute is trying to say is....it doesnt matter what county you live in there are screwed up ppl there...just bc it happened in Johnston county does not mean all of Johnston County citizens are like this...atleast I think thats what i translatedlol..chrissara1011

    OK then chrissara...aside from all the grammatical errors in defense of N C Cute, lets put your theory to the test. N C Cute's comment reads as follows....

    The people are the ones screwed up, put the county out to itself without people and see nothing happens it's always the people the county is just where they live.

    Sorry but I am still at a loss.

  • chrissara1011 Jan 17, 4:33 p.m.

    i dont know but i think what North Carolina Cute is trying to say is....it doesnt matter what county you live in there are screwed up ppl there...just bc it happened in Johnston county does not mean all of Johnston County citizens are like this...atleast I think thats what i translated lol

  • HANS FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! JK Jan 17, 3:05 p.m.

    Wait...WHAT? I have read this at least a dozen times and I cannot figure out just what kind of gobbleygoock you are speaking.
    dwr1964

    Ditto, I even said it out loud and laughed at myself. Good thing she/he is cute. Sounds like a rogue marble is bouncing around up top

  • dwr1964 Jan 17, 12:01 p.m.

    The people are the ones screwed up, put the country out to itself without people and see nothing happens it's always the people the country is just where they live....North Carolina Cutie

    Wait...WHAT? I have read this at least a dozen times and I cannot figure out just what kind of gobbleygoock you are speaking.

  • HANS FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! JK Jan 17, 11:55 a.m.

    I'm not the baddest dude on the planet by any measure but I would take 9 *&% whippings for every 10 opportunities for some alone time with anyone willing to harm a child for any reason

  • North Carolina Cutie Jan 17, 11:26 a.m.

    The people are the ones screwed up, put the country out to itself without people and see nothing happens it's always the people the country is just where they live.

  • feistyredhead2001 Jan 17, 9:58 a.m.

    omg... please don't let her out! I truly hope some one takes that child away from her. What a great example... spitting in the face of law enforcement.... what a role model! And him...... 10 years in prison sounds substantial!

  • pipcolt Jan 17, 9:54 a.m.

    And this is the beginning of our next age group of mental and mass shooters with adults like this teaching them. No wonder this country is so screwed up with adults doing these things to kids. They should not be allowed to have kids are be around them.