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Soldier, Girlfriend Charged With Abusing Boy

Posted January 25, 2007 9:24 p.m. EST

— A soldier stations at Fort Bragg was charged Thursday with child abuse and inflicting serious injury in the beating of his girlfriend's 8-year-old son last month.

Cumberland County sheriff's investigators charged Juan Carlos Gonzalez, 22, of 4852 Back Bay Road.

Teresa Walters, 30, of the same address, the boy's mother, was charged with being an accessory after the fact and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Deputies did not disclose Gonzalez's unit. Walters is employed by the state Department of Justice at the Juvenile Detention Center in Cumberland County, they said.

Investigators said the child’s injuries were discovered on Dec. 11 when Walters had gone to her doctor’s office complaining of labor pains as she prepared to deliver her second child. The medical staff noticed the boy had swollen, black eyes, bruises on his forehead and marks along his neck, police said.

Gonzalez was released from the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $10,000 unsecured bond and remanded to the custody of Fort Bragg until he appears in court Jan. 26.

Walters was held in the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond and scheduled for a court appearance Friday.