A pregnant woman is recovering from injuries after being beaten by a stranger during a bizarre road rage incident that ended in the parking lot of Clayton Elementary School on Highway 42 East.
Tuesday afternoon, the victim whose name was not released, left her home to pick up her child at Clayton Elementary. As the woman left her subdivision to travel to school she may have turned in front of another car. The driver of the other car, identified as Tony Brannon, 36, of Sienna Way, Clayton reportedly followed the woman to the school and once the victim turned into the car pool lane blocked her vehicle. The victim and suspect exited their cars at which time Brannon is alleged to have grabbed the pregnant woman by the neck, threw her to the pavement, got on top of her and began punching her repeatedly.
School personnel witnessed the assault and intervened, preventing the victim, who was 7 weeks pregnant, from being further injured.
Johnston County deputies arrived on the scene quickly and took Brannon into custody. She was charged with assault, disorderly conduct, battery of an unborn child and communicating threats.
The pregnant woman sustained multiple abrasions, bruises and lacerations. The victim told authorities she was unaware she had turned into the path of another vehicle and that she did not know the suspect.
Brannon was transported to the Johnston County Jail and released on a $10,000 unsecured bond.
No school personnel or children were involved in the incident.
Editor’s Note / Correction: The suspect in the road rage incident was initially identified by law enforcement as Bree Nicole Slaughter of Garner. After posting the original story we were notified by authorities Tony Brannon was the actual suspect. Bree Slaughter was a suspect charged in another assault case. We apologize for the error. The story has been updated with the corrections.