Couple arrested for assault, child abduction
Sanford Steven Mull, 53, and Kim Morgan Mull, 49, both of Big Island Road in Forest City, were taken into custody by Cleveland County deputies after breaking and entering into an Ellenboro residence, assaulting the residents and abducting a child on Tuesday afternoon.
Shortly before 4 p.m. on Tuesday, deputies with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to Asheland Drive in Ellenboro in reference to a domestic dispute.
According to a report filed by deputies, the Mulls arrived at the home of John and Shirley Morgan, where Kim's 8-year-old daughter was staying, and forced their way into the residence in an attempt to take the child.
During a dispute that broke out, the child ran outside and the Morgans were able to push the Mulls back outside, the report advised.
Once outside, Sanford Mull assaulted John Morgan by striking him in the face, causing him to fall and hit his head on the pavement. Kim Mull also assaulted Shirley Morgan while outside, according to the report.
John Morgan was taken by ambulance to Cleveland Regional Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries and later released. Shirley Morgan did not receive medical attention.
The report further stated that the Mulls got the child in their vehicle and left the residence.
After further investigation by deputies, information obtained led to an address on Lake Houser Road in Cleveland County. Deputies with the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office were contacted and located the Mulls and the child at the Lake Houser Road residence Tuesday evening.
The Mulls were turned over to Rutherford County deputies and subsequently taken to the Rutherford County Detention Facility.
The Department of Social Services was also contacted to get the child back to Shirley Morgan, who has legal custody.
Sanford Mull and Kim Mull were each charged with abduction of a child, felony breaking and entering and assault and battery. They remain in custody at the detention facility under $46,000 secured bonds.