Mental health exam ordered in infant death case

Published 10:23 am Thursday, August 18, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS — A judge has ordered a Minneapolis father accused of killing his infant daughter to have a mental health exam.

Twenty-one-year-old Cory Morris is accused of fatally beating 4-month-old Emersyn last weekend. He’s charged with second-degree murder in Hennepin County District Court where he made an appearance Wednesday.

A criminal complaint says Morris told investigators he punched his baby more than 20 times and squeezed her chest because the infant was making noises while he watched TV.

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Morris was arrested at his duplex Saturday. Police say his hands and shirt were covered in blood. A search warrant says he called the girl’s mother who was at work to tell her that he had hit the baby.

Morris remains in custody on $2 million bail. Another court appearance is scheduled Sept. 20.