NC dad accused of fracturing 4-year-old son’s skull

Joshua Johnson (NHCSO)
Joshua Johnson (NHCSO)

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – A Wilmington man was arrested Monday and accused of fracturing his 4-year-old son’s skull during an incident over the weekend.

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According to Lt. Brewer with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called out to New Hanover Regional Medical Center on Saturday about the child.

Detectives began their investigation and determined the child was home all day with his father, Joshua Lewis Johnson, 40.

Johnson told detectives that he woke up to find his son unconscious. He then called his wife, who returned home from work and took the boy to the emergency room.

The child was immediately airlifted to Chapel Hill Medical Center where he remains in critical condition.

Johnson was arrested Monday morning and charged with felony child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury, child abuse/neglect resulting in serious bodily injury, assault on a child under 12, and assault inflicting serious injury. He was booked in jail under a $3 million bond.

According to arrest warrants, Johnson is accused of physically assaulting the child causing a fracture to his skull, bleeding on his brain, abrasions, and bruises to the face, arm, and torso.

Johnson is also accused of not immediately seeking medical attention for the boy.

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