Harrasment Added To Charges Against Morris

May 19, 1991

County prosecutors are looking into requesting that bail be revoked for a suspended Baltimoree City police officer accused of killing hisson in Columbia, after the man was charged last week with harassing the child's mother, a witness in the murder case.

Carl W. Morris Jr., 33, of the 6400 block of Barchink Place in Columbia, had been free on $100,000 bond after being charged Jan. 25 in Howard County with child abuse and first-degree murder in the death of his son, Christopher Morris, then 19 months old.

He was arrested last Thursday on separate charges of harassment and telephone abuse of the child's mother, Angellette Friend of Baltimore City.

Later that day, Morris was released on his own recognizance, a Baltimore City District Court spokeswoman said.

Prosecutor Timothy J. McCrone said a revocation request is "under consideration"because Friend is a witness in the murder case hers.

However. McCrone said he wanted to talk to Friend before making a decision. He did not know if the alleged harassment was tied to the Howard County charges.

Baltimore police spokesman Dennis S. Hill said Morris turned himself in at the city's Northwestern District station at 12:30 a.m. Thursday after police notified him that Friend had obtained a warrant for his arrest.

Friend stated in an affidavit that she has received harassing telephone calls and letters from Morris and several ofhis frioends and relatives, the Baltimore policee spokesman said.

Morris was charged in Christopher's death Jan. 25, five days after the father called county emergency services and reported that his son had fallen down a flight of stairs and was unconscious.

The child dies Jan. 20 in the pediatric unit of John Hopkins Hospital.

Afteran autopsy, the state medical examiner concluded that Christopher had suffered multiple blunt-force injuries and trauma to the abdomen and that the death was a homicide, county police spokesman Sgt. Gary L.Gardner reported in January.

A hearing on motions in the child abuse and murder case is scheduled in Howard County Circuit Court tomorrow.

The trial is scheduled for Sept. 9.

Morris, who has five years of service with the Baltimore police, was on suspension without pay at the time of the child's death.

He had been suspended after a Sept. 29, 1990, incident in Prince George's County in which he was accused of beating a man in a domestic incident.

Morris is chargedin Prince George's County with assault with intent to disable, asault and battery, destruction of property, theft and carrying a handgun,reported Alexis Yelman, public information officer for the state's attorney's office.

Morris was released on $25,000 bond in Prince George's County and is scheduled to face trial there May 29.

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