A Clayton woman has been arrested on felony child abuse charges. Morgan Stough was arrested August 24th by Clayton Police on outstanding Harnett County Sheriff’s Office warrants and confined in the Johnston County Jail. She was later transferred to the Harnett County Jail.
On May 21, 2021 the Harnett County Department of Social Services notified the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office of a child being injured. Stough is the 23 year-old mother of the 3 month old who was injured. Authorities said the baby had four broken ribs in different stages of healing. Two were more recent injuries.
The child was treated and released at Wake Med before being released into the custody of the Department of Social Services.
Following an investigation by Harnett County sheriff’s detectives, Stough was charged with two counts of felony child abuse inflicting serious injury. Stough reportedly claimed the injuries were caused by the family dog.