Mother indicted on cruelty to children charges

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Norcross mother who allegedly beat and sprayed household cleaner in the face of her young son last year was indicted by a grand jury Wednesday.

Rhonda Johnson, 37, was arrested on charges of first-degree cruelty to children in October 2009 after her 12-year-old son told police she sprayed "a Tilex mixture" in his eyes and hit him with a sandal as a punishment.

Police also charged Johnson with misdemeanor contributing to the deprivation of a minor after they learned Johnson had kicked the boy out of their Country Club Village Lane apartment, the original police report said.

Police were alerted to the situation after a neighbor reported that the boy wandered the apartment complex all day.

Johnson was arrested on Oct. 5 and released on $2,600 bond after her Oct. 15 probable cause hearing.

A Gwinnett grand jury indicted her Wednesday on only the cruelty to children charge.

Man indicted on charges of choking young teen

A 20-year-old Norcross man was indicted on cruelty to children and obstruction charges Wednesday, after police said he hit and choked a young teenage female to the point where she passed out.

Police said Dominique Carlos Crawford choked and cut a 15-year-old female in a movie theater parking lot on Peachtree Parkway July 3. According to the incident report, Crawford repeatedly attempted to silence the alleged victim as police interviewed her at the scene.

When Crawford was released, he fled from the scene, punching an officer in the face. A grand jury indicted him Wednesday on first-degree cruelty to children, battery and two counts of obstructing a police officer.

He remains in Gwinnett County Jail on no bond.