The following press release has been issued by Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
John Anthony Hill, age 42, of 869 Upper Peachtree Road, Murphy, NC, was arrested on February 7, 2014 and charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Felony Child Abuse Causing Serious Injury, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.
Hill was arrested after an investigation by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office that Hill had assaulted his thirteen year old son by striking him with his fists and also by firing a shotgun in the juveniles close proximity and direction and by allowing the juvenile to drive a car due to Hill being too intoxicated to drive.
The offenses occurred at Hill’s home and during the period of January 24th and 29th.
Hill was arrested at the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center on February 7th, as he had already been taken into custody by the North Carolina Department of Probation on Interstate Compact Agreement violation.
Hill is currently in jail under no bond pending a February 18th, 2014 court appearance.
Investigating the case was Investigator Tiffany Holland and members of the Department of Social Services.
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