A baby girl in Minneapolis was viciously punched to death by blows to her face and chest on Saturday, August 13. The 4-month-old baby girl was allegedly murdered by her father, 21-year-old Cory Clifford Morris. Morris has been charged with second-degree murder with intent, but not with premeditation, for the murder of his baby girl, Emersyn – a murder said to be committed in order to silence his daughter’s “baby talk.”
Police were notified of the girl’s murder by Morris himself, who phoned them on Sunday, August 13, just before 5 p.m., to report that he had killed his baby girl. Responding officers arrived at the home on Franklin Avenue in SE Minneapolis and discovered first responders performing CPR on the 4-month-old, who they had found lying on a changing table and unresponsive. According to WCCO, the police report details that blood was found on the floor and on the walls next to the changing table. The baby girl was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, where she was later pronounced dead.
According to KMSP, when emergency personnel arrived on the scene, Morris told them he had been alone in the house with his baby girl when he struck her with a closed fist approximately seven times in the chest and 15 times in the face. When his daughter still would not quiet down, he tried to get her to be silent by squeezing the baby girl’s chest. The police report describes Morris as having a swollen right hand and dried blood on his hands, arms, and clothing.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said that after squeezing his daughter’s chest, Morris phoned his girlfriend and his mother and said,
“I did something bad.”
Morris did not tell his girlfriend that he had killed their baby girl, said Freeman, but he did tell her he would be going to jail, reports MPR News. Freeman also that Morris’ family indicated he could be suffering from mental health problems and that those claims would be investigated as part of the case. He added that these sorts of claims by family members are fairly common in cases like these.
The criminal complaint filed against Morris says that during a police interview, Morris told police he had been watching TV when his baby girl started to make noises he described as “baby talk.” He removed his daughter from her swing and took her into her bedroom, where he laid her on a changing table. When the baby girl did not stop making noises, Morris said that he started punching her.
Morris’ girlfriend told police that he was in charge of caring for their daughter three to four times per week while she was at work. She said Morris has mood swings that occur quickly and that he has thrown things or grabbed her while angry.
Police drew blood from Morris in order to determine whether he had been under the influence of drugs or alcohol when he killed his daughter. The results of those tests have not been made public. The medical examiner for Hennepin County has confirmed the baby girl was killed by blunt force trauma.
Freeman added that this case, in particular, hit him hard and that he could not seem to find an explanation for the senseless murder of the baby girl.
“These kid cases are probably the hardest. I love my kids and grandkids so much and I think kids are extraordinary. Yeah, they can get in the way and they can cause problems and I’m sure I did when I was a kid. But that’s God’s gift to us.”
Morris is scheduled for his first court appearance on Wednesday, August 17, to answer charges that he killed his baby girl. He is currently being held in the Hennepin County Jail under $2 million in bail. If convicted, he faces up to 40 years in prison.
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