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Business break-in leads to child abuse charge

Posted February 2, 2011 10:51 a.m. EST

— 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.