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Jury indicts woman for hitting child

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Gwinnett County grand jury has indicted a mother on criminal charges after she reportedly hit her son with a baseball bat.

Sophia Maria Solvalu is charged with one count of cruelty to children and one count of aggravated battery for allegedly hitting her young son with a baseball bat, fracturing his right forearm.

According to court documents, the mother is accused of excessively spanking the child.

Man indicted on weapons charge

The grand jury Tuesday also indicted a man on charges of illegally carrying a weapon.

Clifton Alexander Carter was charged with carrying a weapon within a school safety zone, possession of a weapon by an inmate and carrying a concealed weapon.

Court records claim that on Feb. 1, Carter carried a Raven .25-caliber pistol in the school safety zone near Central Gwinnett High School. The same day, Carter allegedly brought the pistol into the Gwinnett County Detention Center without the consent of the jailer or officer. Carter also was charged with keeping the weapon concealed.

- From staff reports