Raleigh police charge mother, son with child abuse in scarring of boys

From staff reportsMarch 17, 2014 

— A 24-year-old man and his 47-year-old mother were to appear in court on Monday on charges of causing scarring on the bodies of 10-year-old and 12-year-old boys last November.

Raleigh police arrested Justin Loren Spencer Wright at his home at 3209 Calumet Drive on Friday afternoon.

Cassandra Wright, 47, of 5505 Bellcamp Court surrendered at the Wake County Detention Center about a half hour later, according to arrest records.

Arrest warrants accuse the Wrights of causing “severe scarring over entire body” of each of the boys between Nov. 1 and Nov. 30.

Cassandra Wright and Justin Wright are each charged with two counts of intentional child abuse causing serious bodily injury, one count for each child.

The boys are brothers, and they appeared to have been struck with belts, cords or something similar, said Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue.

Justin Wright’s warrant said he was caring for the boys in the capacity of being their cousin. Cassandra Wright’s warrant said she was their legal guardian.

She is also Justin Wright’s mother, according to Sughrue.

Wake County Child Protective Services and Foster Care referred the case to Raleigh police, Sughrue said. The agency has arranged for the boys’ care.

Justin Wright was being held in lieu of $300,000 bail and Cassandra Wright in lieu of $400,000.

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