Elderly Man; 53-Year-Old Woman Charged with Misdemeanor Child Abus 12/5/2012 11:42:30 AM
77-year-old Raymer Jason Morgan and 53-year-old Lela Helton Moore, both of 28th Street N.E. in Hickory, were arrested by Hickory Police Monday night (December 3) on misdemeanor child abuse charges.
According to Police, Moore’s daughter, a 24-year-old Taylorsville woman, left her five-year-old child in the care of Morgan and Moore while she was at work. Concerned citizens in the area of 8th Avenue Drive S.W. saw the couple, who were reportedly having difficulty standing and walking, with the child.
Police responded and administered field sobriety tests and a portable Breathalyzer test, resulting in the charges against the two. The child’s mother and D.S.S. were called. The child was placed in the mother’s custody.
Both subjects were released after each posting an $800 unsecured bond. District Court appearances in Hickory were scheduled for January 15.
(Pictured: Lela Helton Moore, courtesy of Hickory Police Dept. No photo available for Raymer Jason Morgan.)
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