Cory Morris, a 21-year-old Minnesota father, was arrested last June after authorities discovered that he had killed his 4-month-old daughter by punching her in the face no less than 22 times, all because she was making ‘baby noises’. Now, a judge had finally jailed Morris for his crimes.
Morris was sentenced to 25 years in prison. In court, he claimed that he wasn’t responsible, because he ‘didn’t know what he was doing.’ This plea didn’t change the judge’s mind.
When authorities responded to the original call, they found Morris covered in blood. They found the baby unconscious on the changing table. She was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead from blunt force trauma.
The Daily Mail reports:
A document, cited by CBS Minnesota, states that there blood splattered on the wall and floor near the changing table inside the home.
Emersyn Morris was discovered lying unconscious on the changing table in the nursery.
Paramedics performed CPR on the baby and then rushed her to the Hennepin County Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead from blunt force trauma.
Hospital staff observed that the infant’s face and chest were badly bruised and swollen.
Cory Morris told police officers that he was taking care of his daughter while his girlfriend, Emersyn’s mother, was at work.
According to her social media account, she is employed as a personal care assistant.
Morris said he was watching TV when the four-month-old began making baby noises.
He removed her from the baby swing, carried her into her bedroom and placed her on the changing table.
The infant continued cooing, so Morris punched her in the face 15 times with a closed fist and hit her seven times in the chest ‘to quiet her,’ according to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.
Morris also squeezed the girl’s chest with his hands.
Morris’ girlfriend, the baby’s mother, said she had been trying to reach Morris the entire day that day. She called him repeatedly.
Eventually, around 4pm, he picked up the phone and told her that he was going to jail because he ‘did something bad’ to their baby.
Morris’ family reports that the young man suffered from depression and mental illness, but they never imagined he’d be a danger to anyone but himself.