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Brooklyn Park Man Charged after 7-Month-Old Girl Beaten to Death

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August 22, 2016 03:32 PM

A Brooklyn Park man has been charged with murder after a 7-month-old girl was beaten to death back in March.

According to the criminal complaint, Brooklyn Park police were called to a home on Sumter Circle North at 9:15 a.m. Thursday, March 24, on a report of a child who wasn’t breathing.

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First responders arrived and said the girl had “significant bruising” on her face. The girl was taken to North Memorial Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 10:44 a.m.

An autopsy revealed the girl had 11 rib fractures and bruises to her face, scalp, abdomen, back and buttocks. She also had a cut to her liver that bled into her stomach, causing her death.

Her death was ruled a homicide, according to the complaint.

The suspect was identified as 24-year-old Chris Marquis McMorris of Brooklyn Park, who was in a relationship with the girl’s mother but was not the girl’s biological father, according to the criminal complaint.

Police say McMorris gave “inconsistent accounts” about that morning and couldn’t explain why the girl had bruises.

In the days leading up to the girl’s death, day care staff noticed injures on the girl, including two burst blood vessels in her eye, scratches and bruising on her cheek and bruises on her back. Each time, the day care documented the injuries and notified the girl’s mother, police say.

The day care staff also photographed the girl’s injuries on March 23 and reported it to Hennepin County Child Protection. The next day, the girl was killed.

McMorris was charged with two counts of second-degree murder. If convicted, he faces up to 40 years in prison on each charge.

His next court appearance is Sept. 22.

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