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from left: Demarea Earle Walton & Rita Houacue Vue
courtesy of Hickory Police Dept.

Two Hickory Residents Face Child Abuse Charges

22-year-old Demarea Earle Walton and 24-year-old Rita Houacue Vue, both of the same address on 13th Avenue N.E. in Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police last Friday (February 9). They were each charged with one felony count of child abuse with serious bodily injury.

The suspects were taken into custody without incident at about 3:30 Friday afternoon at their residence. Walton and Vue were placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility. Walton was initially held without bond as the result of pending charges. Vue was given a $50,000 secured bond. They have since been released. First appearances in District Court were scheduled yesterday (February 12) in Newton with another court date for both suspects coming up on March 4.