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Police: Attack on son lands mom in jail

NORCROSS - A Norcross woman remains behind bars on felony cruelty to children charges for spraying bathroom cleaner in her son's eyes as punishment, authorities said.

Police arrested Rhonda Johnson, 37, this week on charges she attacked her 12-year-old son last month at the Country Club Village Lane apartment they had shared.

Johnson is charged with first-degree cruelty to children and contributing to the deprivation of a minor, a misdemeanor. Police lodged the latter charge when an investigator learned Johnson had booted the boy from her home with nowhere to turn, according to a police report.

Police were alerted to the situation Monday when a neighbor reported that the boy wanders the apartment complex all day, neglecting to attend school.

The boy told police he is home-schooled and had recently been forced to stay with friends, following an argument where Johnson sprayed "a Tilex mixture" in his eyes and smacked him with a sandal, according to an arrest warrant.

Johnson was under the impression the boy "always lies to her," which prompted the attack, the victim told police, as written in the report.

A special victim's unit detective interviewed Johnson and her son at police headquarters, where she was arrested without incident.

Johnson remains at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond, pending a probable cause hearing Oct. 15.