SC newborn in critical condition after mom’s boyfriend shook and threw child, police say

Leroy Morris

GREENVILLE, SC – A newborn is in critical condition at Greenville Memorial Hospital after police say her mother’s boyfriend admitted that he shook the child and threw her.

The 48-day-old child has multiple skull fractures, a broken collarbone, a broken arm, a fractured eye socket, and a fractured femur, and a spinal cord injury.

The mother told investigators that she would often leave the infant with her live-in boyfriend Leroy Morris and that she noticed the child’s injuries after she had been in Morris’ care.

The mother noticed swelling on her daughter’s head and black eye, so she took the infant to the hospital in Seneca, where the infant was later transferred to Greenville.

Seneca Police interviewed Morris about the child’s injuries. Police say he admitted that he dropped the infant on its head and stepped on her on Christmas Eve night while he was drinking and using illegal drugs.

They say Morris also told them he was frustrated with the child’s crying and began shaking her before throwing the infant.

Morris has been charged with Unlawful conduct toward a child and Inflicting great bodily injury upon a child.

The newborn remains in critical condition as the investigation continues.  Seneca Police say more charges and arrests are possible.

DSS is also assisting in the investigation.

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