The next day detectives from Marion County started their investigation into Robert Morris and ended up arresting him on charges of Assault I and Assault II. The child was listed in critical condition at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland. In addition to the latest injury that put the child in the hospital one of the things that clued hospital personnel into the fact that Morris may have been abusing Gabriel was the fact that a couple of months ago his arm had been broken and allowed to heal incorrectly.
Being a father sure can be hard work. I know, I’ve got three children of my own. Long nights with crying hungry babies, dirty diapers, poop and throw up. If you’re a real man and help the wife out it can really be difficult at times and isn’t a job for a weak spineless murdering slimeball. But I digress, I’ll get to Robert Morris in a moment.
As a parent it is our job to take care of our children and do whatever it takes to make sure they are cared for no matter how difficult it may seem at times. Sort of like wedding vows, for richer and poorer, sick and in health; only there’s no divorce here. Being a parent is forever. Somebody should have clued 23-year-old Robert D. Morris of Salem, Oregon into that fact before he shook his baby to death.
On October 27th the Salem Hospital contacted the Marion County Sheriff’s Department and informed them that a six-month-old child had been brought in with serious injuries and was being transported to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.
Gabriel Morris died on October 31st, 2007. Robert Morris allegedly shook the baby twice at his home in Salem because the baby wouldn’t stop crying, causing extensive brain injuries. Last Monday his charges were changed to Murder, Assault II and Criminal Mistreatment. He’s already on probation for the rape of a 15-year-old girl in 2007 and is being held on a probation violation with no bail. He will be having a pre-trial court appearance on January 5th.