What are the odds?

Robert Morris is on trial for the deaths of 4 infants. Yes, his own 4 infants.

In June of 1995, Morris was living in an East Germantown apartment with his then 15 year old girlfriend Damika Payne, her mother and his two infant children 18-month-old Shainara Payne and 5-month-old LaShai Payne. Both deaths were determined to be by homicide by asphyxiation. Morris was questioned at that time, but no charges were filed because there were others present at the time of the deaths.

Now jump to 2002, Morris is living with  Kerry Longacre, who gave birth to his son, Robert Jr. He died at the age of 3 weeks. That child’s death was ruled to be SID’s, which BTW stands for Sudden Infant Death. There is a syndrome by that name, where the infant may spontaneously quit breathing on it’s own, and the cause may never be determined. However, often if the means of an infants death cannot be conclusively determined, a coroner may use that term, instead of the term most often used with adults, where they state that they are unable to determine the cause of death.

In 2003, Morris and Longacre had a second child,   Jhayden. who lived for just 3 months. A newspaper notice of that death came to the attention of Payne’s relatives and they notified detectives of the previous two children’s deaths. Further investigation led to the cause of death being changed to for Robert Jr.’s death to homicide.

At Morris’s trial, the defense attorney hinted that the first two children may have died at the hands of their grandmother. Morris testified in his own behalf. It seems that in describing one child’s birth, he referred to it as a “burden”, then tried to correct that statement.

Morris denies murdering his children.

Now there are 4 of his children dead, two different mothers, two different sets of household members. What are the odds that he didn’t do it?


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