A woman and her boyfriend have been indicted in connection with the death of her 15-month-old son in Brunswick County.
Angel Marie Ray, 33, of Leland was indicted on charges of felony accessory after the fact of child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury and felony accessory after the fact of first-degree murder last month in connection with the January death of her infant son.
Ray’s boyfriend, Albert David Morgan, 35, of Leland, was indicted on charges of first-degree murder and intentional child abuse inflicting seriously bodily injury.
Ray was arrested on Jan. 15, initially charged only with felony accessory after the fact of child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury after “consistently giving false information to authorities” in relation to her son’s injuries and her boyfriend, according to an arrest warrant.
Morgan was initially charged with felony intentional child abuse resulting in serious injury on Jan. 15, when Brayden Christoper Ray suffered serious injuries while in Morgan’s care, according to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Emily Flax.
Brayden Ray, whose injuries included head trauma and bleeding in his brain, died Jan. 17 in the pediatric intensive care unit at North Carolina Children’s Hospital in Chapel Hill, Flax said. After Brayden’s death, Morgan was charged with first-degree murder.
Morgan is being held at the Brunswick County Detention Center under a $5 million secured bond.
During a first appearance in Brunswick County District Court in January, Assistant District Attorney Jamie Turnage requested that Morgan be denied bond.
“He has a history of child abuse offenses in the State of New York,” Turnage said.
According to Flax, the alleged abuse occurred while Morgan was watching Brayden for Ray. “Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call from New Hanover Regional Medical Center, where they determined that the baby’s injuries were consistent with abuse,” Flax said.
According to an arrest warrant, the infant had multiple abrasions and contusions on his face, neck and body, as well as head trauma that resulted in bleeding in his brain.
Ray is being held at the Brunswick County Detention Center under a $750,000 secured bond.
Attorneys James Payne, who is representing Ray, and Mike Ramos, representing Morgan, are expected to appear on behalf of their clients in a case management session in Brunswick County Superior Court this month. Court dates have not been set. Assistant District Attorney Lee Bollinger is prosecuting both cases for the State.
Caroline Curran is the managing editor of Port City Daily. Reach her at (910) 772-6336 or firstname.lastname@example.org. On Twitter: @cgcurran