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Marine Charged With Body Slamming Two Boys Outside Jacksonville Church


Authorities say a Camp Lejeune Marine is charged with slamming two 7-year-old boys to the ground outside a Jacksonville church on the same night, June 22nd.

Wednesday only one warrant was made available to WITN with felony charges against Lance Corporal Andrew Walker.

Now the Clerk of Court's Office says after further review the 29-year-old Walker has been charged with misdemeanors for the assault of another boy on the same night. In that offense, the Marine is charged with assault on a child under 12 years old and assault inflicting serious injury.

The assaults are alleged to have taken place outside Northwoods United Methodist Church on Gum Branch Road just before 6:00 pm June 22nd.

In the felony case, police say the lance corporal picked up a 7-year-old boy and body slammed him to the ground.

The arrest warrant said after the body slamming, Walker then punched the boy in the head, "causing a two inch deep laceration to the back of the head and a concussion."

The Marine is free on a $45,000 bond.


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A Camp Lejeune Marine is facing felony charges after police say he picked up a 7 year old boy and body slammed him to the ground.

Lance Corporal Andrew Walker is charged with assault inflicting serious bodily injury and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

Police say the assault happened Sunday, June 22nd outside the Northwoods United Methodist Church on Gum Branch Road. Walker was arrested Tuesday by Jacksonville police.

The church's pastor, Rev. Rick Moser, issued a brief statement today. "This is an unfortunate incident that affected some really good people in a really good church. My prayers continue for the people involved. My gratitude extends to the Jacksonville Police Department and Onslow County EMS personnel who are thorough, professional, and compassionate," said Rev. Moser.

An arrest warrant said after the body slamming, Walker then punched the boy in the head, "causing a two inch deep laceration to the back of the head and a concussion."

WITN asked and police nor the pastor would say why the boy was there.

The Marine, who is assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Marines at Camp Lejeune, was released on a $45,000 bond.


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