A suspended Baltimore police officer, who is charged with the January slaying of his 19-month-old son, has been charged with harassing the baby's mother, police said.
Carl W. Morris, 33, formerly of the 6400 block of Barchink Place in Columbia, surrendered to police early yesterday after learning that a Baltimore District Court commissioner had issued an arrest warrant for him May 9.
A court commissioner ordered Morris held on $50,000 bond. But yesterday, Northwestern District Court Judge Carol Smith freed him on his own recognizance after his attorney, Curt Anderson, argued that bail was set too high for the charges.
Anderson suggested that the court commissioner had been influenced by the murder charge against Morris in the death of his son, Christopher.
Police have charged Morris with harassment and telephone abuse for contacting the woman, Angellette Friend. Police say that since February, he made numerous harassing phone calls to pTC Friend and also sent her letters of a similar nature.
Christopher Morris was fatally injured at the family's Columbia home Jan. 20. His father told police the boy had fallen down a six-step flight of carpeted stairs and that a carpet cleaner had fallen on him.
But the state medical examiner's office concluded that the child's multiple abdominal injuries could not have resulted from the fall. On Jan. 25, Morris was charged with murder in the child's death.
Prince George's County police have charged Morris with assault, weapons violations and destruction of property stemming from an October fight with his wife's former boyfriend. The Baltimore Police Department suspended the five-year police veteran without pay because of that incident.
Morris was freed from a Prince George's County detention facility this spring after posting a $100,000 bond in Howard County on the murder charge and a $25,000 bond on the charges stemming from the fight.