Harassment added to charges against suspended officer

May 17, 1991|By Roger Twigg

A suspended Baltimore police officer who is charged with having killed his 19-month-old son last January was arrested yesterday and charged with harassing the baby's mother, the police said.

Carl W. Morris Jr., 33, surrendered to the police at 12:30 a.m. after learning that a warrant had been obtained by the baby's mother, Angellette Friend.

Ms. Friend said in an affidavit that she has been steadily harassed by Officer Morris since he was released on bond for the Jan. 20 slaying of their 19-month-old son, Christopher Morris, said Dennis S. Hill, a Police Department spokesman.

The police said Officer Morris appeared before a District Court commissioner and was ordered held on $50,000 bond. He was then sent to the Baltimore City Jail.

Mr. Hill said that Ms. Friend stated in her affidavit that she has received numerous harassing phone calls and letters from Officer Morris as well as from friends and relatives of the defendant.

Officer Morris had been free on bail since February.

On Jan. 20 the suspended officer called the 911 emergency number from his home in the 6400 block of Barchink Place in Columbia and told police that his son had fallen down a flight of stairs and was unconscious.

The child died that night at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

An assistant state medical examiner later ruled the death a homicide and concluded that the infant died of multiple blunt force trauma to the abdomen, the police said.

At the time of the child's death, Officer Morris had been suspended from the department without pay because of an unrelated, Sept. 29 incident in Prince George's County in which he was accused of severely beating a man with an iron pipe during a domestic dispute, according to the police.

Officer Morris faces charges of battery, petty theft, openly carrying a dangerous weapon and destruction of property in that incident, the police said.

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