Former area residents arrested for alleged child abuse

Brayden Ray

WILMINGTON, N.C. – Two former Capital Region residents have been arrested in North Carolina on child abuse charges.

Brayden Ray was born in Glens Falls in October 2013. His mother, 33-year-old Angel Ray, and her boyfriend, 35-year-old Albert David Morgan III, had recently moved from the Glens Falls and Fort Edward area to North Carolina.

Angel Ray
Angel Ray

On Thursday, January 15, Ray called 911 as she rushed her 14-month-old son to the hospital. Audio from the 911 call indicates Ray told the dispatcher Brayden had stopped breathing after he fell off her bed and landed head first.

Emergency crews met Ray and rushed Brayden to the hospital barely clinging to life. Police said detectives responded to the hospital where the baby was taken and determined his injuries were from abuse and not falling off a bed.

On Friday, Morgan was charged with Intentional Child Abuse, and Ray was charged as an Accessory. She has been accused of lying to police about how the baby was hurt. The arrest warrant states Morgan was providing care for the infant when the injuries occurred.

Brayden died from his injuries on Saturday. An autopsy is pending, and North Carolina police said more charges may be pending.

Albert Morgan III
Albert Morgan III

Morgan was released from prison in September for an Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle conviction. In addition, Morgan has also been convicted of Assault, Aggravated Criminal Contempt, Driving While Intoxicated and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property – all in New York.

Police have not said how the baby was initially hurt.

Ray is in the Brunswick County Jail on $200,000 bail. Morgan is in the Brunswick County Jail on $1 million bail.

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