Wake County investigators Wednesday night accused a 35-year-old mother of not getting medical help for her 22-month-old child after the child was hurt while being sexually abused.
April Lee Murray was arrested about 9:45 p.m. at Old Stage and Swift Creek roads, near her home on North Spring Garden Court in southern Wake County, records showed.
The charge against Murray says that between Nov. 5 and Wednesday, her 22-month-old child was sexually assaulted while in someone else’s care. That person is identified only by initials.
The language in the charge alleges that Murray showed “a reckless disregard for human life by committing a grossly negligent omission, refusing to take her child to receive medical attention after a sexual assault....”
The charge – felony child abuse – is contained in a magistrate’s order, not an arrest warrant. A magistrate’s order is used when law enforcement officers take someone into custody on the spot based on circumstances at the time and then bring them before a magistrate. Police tell the magistrate the circumstances for the charge.
An arrest warrant is issued by a magistrate and authorizes authorities to arrest someone. A warrant usually results from an investigation.
Criminal charges usually use initials when referring to a juvenile, but it is not clear if that is the reason in Murray’s case.
Murray was held in lieu of $100,000 bail.