Police say a Marine body slammed two 7-year-old boys to the ground and punched one of the victims, causing serious injuries.
According to warrants from the Jacksonville Police Department, 29-year-old Andrew Joseph Walker, of Camp Lejeune, assaulted the two boys on June 22. It happened outside Northwoods United Methodist Church on Gum Branch Road in Jacksonville, officials said.
The warrants say Walker picked up one 7-year-old boy and body slammed him to the ground. Walker then dragged the boy to the bushes and violently punched him in the head, the warrants state. The assault caused a concussion and a 2-inch laceration to the back of the boy's head, according to the warrants.
Walker also picked up a second 7-year-old boy by the head and body slammed that child as well, the warrants say.
There is no word on the conditions of the two boys.
Police arrested Walker on Tuesday and charged him with assault inflicting serious bodily injury (felony), assault with a deadly weapon causing serious injury (felony), two counts of assault on a child under 12 (misdemeanor), and assault inflicting serious injuries (misdemeanor).
Walker was released on a $45,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on July 23.
The suspect is a lance corporal assigned to 1st Battalion, 6th Marines at Camp Lejeune.
The pastor of Northwoods United Methodist Church said it was an unfortunate incident and he continues to pray for the people involved.