Shane Michael Morris sentenced to death 3 month old baby

Shane Michael Morris appeared in a joint photo.

Shane Michael Morris.

An Iowa man has been sentenced to up to 50 years in prison after a grand jury found him guilty of involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment resulting in death. Both charges are felonies.

According to court records reviewed by Law & Crime, Shane Michael Morris, 27, was sentenced on Friday. The case against him dragged through the courts for almost two years; the case originated with the Charles City Police Department in March 2020, records show. But the incident that led to the allegations is said to go even further.

Report from Mason City, Iowa CBS Branch KIMT Morris, of Charles City, was tried and convicted for the death of his three-and-a-half-month-old son.

“Morris was caring for an infant victim on August 3, 2019, when the child cracked his skull and died the next day,” the broadcaster said. speak.

The Charles City Press report the child’s mother had gone to work early in the morning of August 1. Around 7:30 a.m., the defendant was carrying the child, identified in some reports as Xander Michael Morristo Floyd County Medical Center because the child was said to have difficulty breathing, newspaper speak. The defendant told the mother of the baby to come see him at the hospital, report continued, citing testimony from the trial.

Court document citation, KIMT report that Morris initially claimed to have no knowledge of how the baby was injured, but he was later accused of changed his story.

Citing court documents, Charles City Press report that Morris eventually told investigators that “while walking with the child in his arms, he tripped and the child’s head hit the edge of their kitchen counter.”

Follow all newspaper and KIMTMorris later said he fell on top of the baby.

The authorities did not believe that story.

Mason City, Iowa Globe Gazette report that the child was taken to a local hospital, intubated, and flown by helicopter to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Staff there “found a large bulge in the infant’s skull and discovered a fracture that was determined to be no accident,” the newspaper said. speak.

After weighing their options, the doctors reported considered futile medical care.

“Life Support was discontinued on August 4, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. and Xander was pronounced dead at 4:53 p.m.,” court filings obtained by Charles City Press shown.

Investigators believe the child died of severe trauma and the manner of death is classified as homicide, but Globe Gazette speak The child’s mother agreed with the respondent that the infant’s death was “accidental.”

Morris posted the relationship, and he and Xander’s mother ended up pregnant with their second child together while the criminal case regarding the first child’s death was pending, Globe Gazette report. Authorities intervened, and the court placed the couple’s second child with its mother.

The Charles City Press report that Morris’s trial was significantly delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Although the defendant was initially charged with first-degree murder, a jury found him with a lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter, court documents reviewed by Law & Crime and different locations News report indicate.

In Iowa, first degree murder require a finding that a defendant acted with “advance arrangements”. The jury did not appear to believe that prosecutors proved the murder case beyond a reasonable doubt. Under Iowa law, involuntary manslaughter occurs when the defendant “unintentionally causes the death of another person by committing an overt offense that is not a felony of rape or absconding”.

Counsel Judith O’Donohoe tell the jury that Morris was afraid to tell anyone what really happened to the baby and only revealed the details when he was cornered by law enforcement. She describes her client as a “coward,” Charles City Press reportbut not as a killer.

O’Donohoe reported also told the jury that there was no indication that the defendant was a good father.

“What made Mr. Morris on August 3, 2019, turn from a loving, uncontrollable father to a murderer of his own children?” O’Donohoe eloquently asked the juryaccording to Charles City Press.

Prosecutors reported speak Defendant’s version of the story doesn’t “make sense.” They pointed to experts who said the baby’s injuries were unlikely to be accidental.

Court documents say Morris was also ordered to pay $10,554.23 in costs and to split more than $150,000 in damages.

The Press Conference note that seven men and five women were on the jury.

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