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Man Admits to Assaulting Crying Infant: Weatherford Police

Child remains in stable, but critical condition

Weatherford police said they arrested a man Wednesday who admitted to assaulting his 6-month-old daughter because she was crying.

Police said medical personnel from Cook Children's Medical Center called them at about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday and informed them of a child who had sustained several bruises and significant head trauma.

Hospital staff told officers that the girl, who was stable but in serious condition, sustained injuries that did not appear to be accidental.

The child's mother told detectives that the father — 33-year-old Robert Brandon Morris — called at about 4 a.m. and told her that the baby had fallen onto the floor and was lifeless, authorities said.

The mother returned home and the child's father then called 911 for an ambulance.   

Morris admitted to detectives that he wrapped both his hands around his infant's neck and applied pressure until the she became quiet. He also admitted that he threw his child onto the bed because he was frustrated with her crying.   

Police said they took Morris into custody at the hospital, transported him to the Parker County Jail and charged him with felony injury to a child.  His bail amount is unknown.

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