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Mother arrested in Cary child abuse faces Pennsylvania felonies in child-custody case

Kylie Morgan Hamilton
Kylie Morgan Hamilton CCBI

Kylie Morgan Hamilton, the Cary mother charged with child abuse for allegedly not getting her daughter medical treatment quickly after a beating blamed on Hamilton’s boyfriend, is wanted in Pennsylvania on four felony charges of interfering with a child-custody order involving her children.

Hamilton, 27, was arrested last Friday, the day after she brought her 4-year-old daughter to WakeMed Cary hospital with skull fractures, liver injuries and bruises, and hospital officials contacted police.

On Sunday, Cary police charged Ronald Frazier, with whom they said Hamilton was living, with attempted first-degree murder and felony child abuse, saying he inflicted the injuries.

Tuesday, Wake County officials charged Hamilton with being a fugitive from justice because of felony warrants that police in Reynoldsville, Pa., obtained last week. The new charges raised her bail on all charges to $125,000.

Reynoldsville Police Chief Troy Bell said Hamilton is accused of ignoring a judge’s order last summer that awarded joint custody to the children’s paternal step-grandmother.

The grandmother, Bell said, went back to court Aug. 24 after the children were never brought for visits with her. A judge issued a contempt citation against Hamilton.

Hamilton’s husband and the children’s father had been made a paraplegic by an accident several years ago, Bell said. When he died, Bell said, Hamilton had developed a relationship with Frazier, who also lived in Jefferson County.

Reynoldsville is about 100 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

Police had been unable to locate Hamilton and Frazier, Bell said. He said Hamilton called him once from a phone whose caller ID was blocked, and she refused to tell him where she was.

Hamilton said she did not think her children would be safe with the grandmother, Bell said, but she rebuffed his advice to bring her concerns to court in Jefferson County.

The Pennsylvania charges of interfering with the custody of children are third-degree felonies, Bell said. Each felony can bring up to seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

Bell said Pennsylvania authorities would come to North Carolina to extradite Hamilton if she is released here. Prosecutors in cases like Hamilton’s usually decide together which jurisdiction should prosecute a defendant first, based on the charges in each place.

In addition to the attempted-murder charge, Frazier is being held on a charge of felony child abuse and on charges of assaulting a female and assault by strangulation. Hamilton is listed as the victim in both Feb. 4 incidents.

Ron Gallagher: 919-829-4572, @RPGKT

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