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

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) — New Hanover County deputies have arrested the mother of a boy whose skull authorities say was fractured by his father last month.


According to Lt. Jerry Brewer with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, Erin Leigh Johnson, 36, was arrested Wednesday afternoon. She was charged with child abuse/neglect resulting in serious bodily injury and two counts of felony accessory after the fact.

She was booked into the New Hanover County Jail under a $150,000 bond.

Arrest warrants for Johnson allege she lied to medical staff and deputies about how the 4-year-old boy sustained the injuries.

Back on Nov. 14, Joshua Johnson was arrested after he allegedly fractured his son’s skull during an incident the prior weekend.

According to Brewer, deputies were called out to New Hanover Regional Medical Center on Saturday, Nov. 12 about the child.

Detectives began their investigation and determined the child was home all day with Joshua Johnson.

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

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

Joshua Johnson was arrested 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, he 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.

The couple is accused of not immediately seeking medical attention for the child.

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