Cory Morris, a 21-year-old father from Minnesota, has been charged with intentional second-degree murder in the death of his infant daughter. According to investigators into the case, the Minnesota man repeatedly punched the 4-month-old infant, striking her 22 times in the head, face, and chest. Prosecutors say the baby died as a direct result of Cory Morris’ violent outburst. The reason he allegedly attacked his 4-month-old daughter? According to law enforcement, Cory Morris savagely beat his infant to stop her from continuing to make noise, including “baby talk.”
As Fox News reports, Minnesota father Cory Morris admitted to firefighters and police officers who responded to the scene of the brutal crime that he was the one who carried out the savage beating. Morris then went into detail, outlining the abuse that led to his daughter’s death.
Reportedly, at the time of the incomprehensible beating, Cory Morris was tending to his daughter, Emersyn, alone. Apparently, she was making continual noise which he tried to quiet. When she kept cooing and jabbering, he began to repeated strike her with a closed fist. According to police, the Minnesota father punched the tiny infant 15 times in the face and then seven more times in her chest.
When he was done beating her with his fists, Cory Morris reportedly picked the baby up and tightly squeezed her chest between both of his hands.
It wasn’t until after he beat and then squeezed his daughter that Cory Morris decided to call his mother and and the mother of his child. When he got the women on the phone, he was evasive and cryptic, telling them both that he “did something bad,” but at the time the Minnesota man refused to elaborate on what that “bad” thing was.
The first emergency responders to the scene were local firefighters, who reported that what they found was utterly horrific. Reportedly, when they arrived at the home they found the 4-month-old little girl surrounded by a pool of her own blood. Allegedly, the entire scene was a bloody mess, with spatter covering the floor and wall immediately adjacent to Cory Morris’ daughter. The Minnesota man was also allegedly covered with the infant’s blood.
“[His] clothing, hands and arms were covered in dried blood and officers observed swelling to his right hand.”
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman is handling the case against Minnesota father Cory Morris. He gave a news conference to disbelieving members of the community and media on Tuesday, and he was at a loss for words to explain what happened to the 4-month-old infant, or how or why a father could have mercilessly beaten his own innocent, trusting child, reports the Washington Post.
As Freeman said during his press conference, at this point in the investigation, nobody knows what caused Cory Morris to snap and lash out at his own baby.
“None of us can comprehend what this is all about. And I’m a proud father of five and a grandfather of two. There’s nothing more important in my life than my children and my grandchildren. What is this? Why? Frankly, right now, we don’t know.”
Apparently, the family of Minnesota father Cory Morris is also struggling to make sense of the savagery that allegedly resulted in the death of 4-month-old Emersyn. The baby’s mother and Cory Morris’ girlfriend reported to law enforcement that Cory was responsible for the care of the infant several times every week while she worked. According to the baby’s mom, Cory Morris has a hair-trigger temper and “can go from happy to mad easily.” She also reported that Morris has a history of destructive behavior, including throwing things around in his rages.
It is unknown why the infant was left with Cory Morris by her mother if she was aware of his alleged instability.
“We never thought he would hurt the baby. We would never allow him to be with the baby if that was the case. We were worried he was going to hurt himself, not the baby.”
Cory Morris’ own mother also told investigators that her son may have mental health issues, adding that he was under the care of a therapist but that she was unaware of previous violent episodes.
According to County Attorney Freeman, law enforcement is aware of the possibility that Cory Morris was, and perhaps even is, dealing with some kind of mental health condition or issue, and told the press that the Minnesota father will be “evaluated.”
Ultimately, 4-month-old Emersyn died from blunt force trauma-related injuries, according to medical examiners and the hospital staff that tried desperately to save her life.
Bail for Minnesota father Cory Morris has been set at $2 million.
[Photo courtesy of Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department]