State closes treatment center in Raeford after child suffers skull fracture

The state has shut down a treatment center in Raeford after an employee was arrested for allegedly assaulting a 15-year-old resident and fracturing his skull, according to the Raeford Police Department.

The state shut down Grace House Treatment Center, located at 1892 Turnpike Road in Raeford, after inspectors conducted their own investigation, authorities said.

The state became involved after Raeford police last week arrested 43-year-old Jonathan Morrisey, of the 500 block of McMillan Street in Raeford, on charges of felony child abuse and misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury.

Raeford police responded to Grace House Treatment Center in reference to an alleged child abuse assault from April 17, 2023. Officers found a 15-year-old boy had suffered a skull fracture and a laceration that required three staples to close the wound, police said in a press release.

“The 15-year-old male to be taken to the hospital and treated. Upon investigations by other State Agencies, Grace House Treatment Center has been shut down until further notice and all of the juvenile residents have been moved out,” the press release said.

Police took Morrisey into custody May 1. He was given a $15,000 secured bond. Det. Y. Lorenzo was the arresting officer.

The North Carolina Division of Health Service Regulation’s public records of Grace House Treatment Center showed several statements of deficiencies, some of which were ruled unsubstantiated, plus follow-up surveys and one filed plan of correction. The facility is listed as a psychiatric residential treatment facility for children and adolescents. As of November 2022, the facility was licensed for 12 beds and had 11 residents.

Public records show the company ownership is listed as Premier Healthcare Services Inc., which has an address on Bargain Street in Fayetteville.

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