• 64°

Both mother, ex-boyfriend now in custody, face murder charges in infant’s death

Facing murder charges

Amber Lane Scarborough

Houston Ray McCarn

Staff report

SALISBURY — An 18-year-old mother and her ex-boyfriend face murder and felony child abuse charges in connection to the death of her 8-week-old son July 30, 2016, at a home in Rockwell.

Authorities arrested the woman Friday evening and took the estranged boyfriend into custody close to noon Saturday.

Amber Lane Scarborough, 18, was located and arrested Friday evening at 2675 Lowerstone Church Road near Rockwell. She was processed and placed in the Rowan County Detention Center under no bond.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office reported having Houston Ray McCarn, 20, in custody Saturday after initially asking for the public’s help in locating him. He also is being held under no bond.

The couple face the murder and child abuse charges in connection with the death of infant Kingston Daniel Aistrop, the son of Scarborough. The baby died at 120 Van St., Rockwell, where Scarborough and McCarn reportedly were living at the time.

The couple broke up not long after the infant’s death, according to reports.

An autopsy from the N.C. Medical Examiner’s Office said the infant died from blunt force trauma to the head. The autopsy narrative said the baby was found unresponsive about five hours after being fed and put to sleep in his bassinet.

Scarborough called 911 about 8:15 a.m. July 30, 2016, and Rowan County EMS responders performed CPR on the baby at the Van Street home but could not revive him.

That day, detectives processed the scene and questioned the couple. The case remained an active investigation. Detectives consulted with the Rowan County District Attorney’s office while waiting for autopsy findings and analysis of evidence processed at the State Crime Laboratory.

Additional witnesses also were interviewed. Reports said Scarborough and McCarn were questioned one more time after the autopsy report came back.

Comments

Crime

Blotter: Four added to sheriff’s most wanted list

High School

High school football: Some anxious moments, but Hornets win state title

Local

Photos: Salisbury High Hornets win big in 2AA championship game

Local

County manager outlines projections for the upcoming fiscal year budget, suggests uses for stimulus money

Business

Miami-based Browns Athletic Apparel opens second screen printing location in Salisbury

News

At funeral, fallen Watauga deputies remembered as ‘heroes’

Coronavirus

COVID-19 cluster identified at Granite Quarry Elementary

Coronavirus

More than half of North Carolinians have now taken at least one vaccine shot

Local

City hopes to cover expenses in 2021-22 budget with surplus revenue generated this year

Local

Fallen tree proves to be a blessing for local nonprofit Happy Roots

Local

Quotes of the week

Coronavirus

Health department drops quarantine time from 14 to 10 days

Crime

Blotter: More than $100,000 in property reported stolen from Old Beatty Ford Road site

Local

City fights invasive beetles by injecting trees with insecticide

Local

City names downtown recipients for federal Parks Service grant

China Grove

China Grove Town Council weighs 2021-22 budget priorities, supports buying body cameras

Education

Educators reflect on Teacher Appreciation Week

Education

Livingstone College wins $30,000 Home Depot grant

Education

Shoutouts

News

Shield-A-Badge With Prayer program enters 26th year, accepting volunteers to pair with officers

Education

COVID-19 infection, quarantine numbers in Rowan-Salisbury Schools reach new highs

High School

High school football: Offensive line came together for Hornets, who play for state title tonight

Local

Pro baseball: White makes pro debut and says, ‘It felt amazing to be out there’

Education

West Rowan Middle eighth grader wins investment writing contest