A 21-year-old Minneapolis man has been charged with murder after he admitted to punching his baby daughter nearly two dozen times with a closed fist because she was making noises.
Cory Morris was arrested Saturday evening after he called 911 and confessed to beating to death his 4-month old daughter, Emersyn Morris.
When police and paramedics arrived on the scene at Morris’ Franklin Avenue home, they found the young father with blood on his hands and bloodstains on his shirt, according to a criminal complaint.
The document, cited by CBS Minnesota, states that there was more blood splattered on the wall and floor near the changing table inside the duplex.
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.
According to the complaint, 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 4-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, Jennifer Anderson, told police she tried calling her boyfriend throughout the day but received no response. When she finally reached him at 4.45pm, Morris told her that he was going to jail because he did something to their baby.
On Monday, Ms Anderson, posted a heart-breaking tribute to Emersyn on her Facebook page, writing that her heart was ‘shattered’ after losing ‘the sweetest little girl the world has ever seen.’