Officer Charged With Murder In Death Of His Infant Son

January 27, 1991

Baltimore City police on Friday arrested one of their own officers, a Columbia resident, and charged him with child abuse and first-degree murder in the death of his 19-month-old son.

Carl William MorrisJr., 33, of the 6400 block of Barchink Place in Columbia, is being held without bond at the Howard County Detention Center. He is accusedof beating to death his son, Christopher, last Sunday. Police arrested Morris at his lawyer's office.

When county rescue workers arrived at the Morris home at about 6 p.m. last Sunday, Morris told them his son had fallen down the stairsand a carpet cleaner had fallen on top of him, police said.

However, doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital became suspicious, police said,when they found "massive internal injuries" in the child's abdomen as well as bruises to the other parts of the infant's body and face.

Those injuries were "inconsistent with the events as the defendant described them," said Sgt. Gary Gardner, a police spokesman.

Afterthe state medical examiner conducted an autopsy and found "multiple blunt force trauma to the (child's) abdomen," the death was ruled a homicide, Gardner said.

Gardner said police went back to the Morrishouse to "reconstruct the scene and make sure the case was iron-cladbefore confronting Morris with the inconsistencies."

Morris had been suspended from the force without pay after being booked in PrinceGeorge's County on assault and handgun charges in connection with a domestic incident.

He had worked in the Baltimore's southwestern district since April 25, 1985.

Police had been attempting to locateMorris since Thursday afternoon. They received a tip that he might be headed for his attorney's office on Calvert Street in Baltimore andasked Baltimore police to detain him there until they could make thearrest.

Morris was arrested at 5 p.m. and held for county police.The earliest Morris can have a bond review is 10 a.m. tomorrow morning.

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