Police say a Minnesota man punched his infant daughter to death

Minnesota Father Accused of Killing His 4-Month-Old Daughter

A Minneapolis man is charged with murder in the death of his 4-month-old daughter.

Police say Cory Morris was at home alone with his daughter Emersyn a week ago when he called 911 saying he had killed his daughter. She was rushed to the hospital but died from blunt force trauma.

"For reasons we cannot explain, he became irritated when his 4-month-old daughter was talking 'baby talk' and interrupting him. He put her on the changing table to try to get her to stop making noise. When she didn't, [he] struck [her], according to his own account, perhaps 15 times," said Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.

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Cory Morris charged with beating his 4-month-old daughter to death
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Cory Morris charged with beating his 4-month-old daughter to death
Emersyn was only 4 months old, her dad, Cory Morris, is charged with punching her to death https://t.co/t7mlaI68rM
Cory Morris, 21, is charged with second degree murder after police say he punched his 4-month old daughter 22 times. https://t.co/FMqBpVa3gX
News release on 4-month-old death. Prosecutors say Cory Morris punched child to get her to be quiet. @KSTP https://t.co/S9zEgcMpqq
Cory Morris sits in the Hennepin County Jail on a $2 million bail. His first court appearance is tomorrow afternoon. https://t.co/CizVTreYKp

Court documents show the suspect took care of the girl three to four times per week while his girlfriend worked. His girlfriend told police that he went from happy to mad easily.

"We would have never left him alone with her if we thought that he would harm her, and he wouldn't want to. He loved her. He loved her," said the suspect's mother, Ginny Morris.

Prosecutors say some family members have suggested Morris suffers from mental health issues, and Morris himself told police he was schizophrenic and heard voices. Investigators say Morris will receive a full psychological evaluation.

Family members told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that they had been trying to get Morris to seek psychological help for some time. But they also noted that he never showed any violent tendencies.

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