Baby left in car for an hour dies

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A 6-week-old boy died late Thursday night after being left in the back seat of his mother's car for an hour as the heat index soared above 100 degrees.

Lisa Marie Morris, 25, of the 2400 block of Patrick Avenue, Hephzibah, was arrested Thursday and is facing a charge of felony murder, said Richmond County sheriff's Sgt. Ken Rogers.

Investigator Thelma Gilchrist said the child, whose name wasn't released, was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital in critical condition Thursday afternoon. Sgt. Rogers said the child died at 10:04 p.m.

Investigator Gilchrist said the baby was left in Ms. Morris' vehicle from about 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. outside Ms. Morris' home. She said the mother apparently forgot the child was inside the car, which had its windows rolled up.

Investigator Gilchrist said police were informed about 2:30 p.m., after Ms. Morris took the infant to MCG.

Ms. Morris told police she had returned home from taking her 4-year-old daughter to the doctor's office and asked her cousin "where's the baby," Investigator Gilchrist said.

After her cousin said she was unaware of the infant's whereabouts, Ms. Morris said she checked the rear seat of her black, 2000 Dodge Neon, Investigator Gilchrist said.

"She told us that the child was unresponsive and was blowing bubbles through his nose and mouth," Investigator Gilchrist said.

The temperature at Augusta's Bush Field Airport at noon Thursday was 95 with a heat index of 104, said Tim Hawks, a National Weather Service meteorologist in West Columbia, S.C. Thursday's high temperature was 101 at 3 p.m., he said.

Police said the child's father and another man were inside the residence, but the father was asleep. Ms. Morris told authorities she and the father had been arguing, which could have caused her to become disoriented.

Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen said an autopsy is scheduled for this morning at the Augusta GBI crime lab.

THE CHRONICLE BROKE THIS STORY ON ITS WEB SITE AT 8:37 P.M. THURSDAY.

Reach Timothy Cox at (706) 823-3217 or tim.cox@augustachronicle.com.

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DeborahElliott2
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DeborahElliott2 08/08/08 - 04:38 am
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I still don't see how this

I still don't see how this mom "forgot" her child.

PTHS2
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PTHS2 08/08/08 - 05:10 am
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She needs to fry in the same

She needs to fry in the same way.....

justus4
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justus4 08/08/08 - 05:18 am
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Some people are not
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Some people are not responsible enough to be parents and this case demonstrate that fact. Another pitiful example of a personal responsibility failure which caused a death.

Ole School
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Ole School 08/08/08 - 05:23 am
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he`s in a safe place now

he`s in a safe place now .......

theeobserver
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theeobserver 08/08/08 - 05:44 am
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Hang her at high noon.

Hang her at high noon.

bigjimjohnstowns
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bigjimjohnstowns 08/08/08 - 05:50 am
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I agree with all the above

I agree with all the above including, justus--a first. Lord, bless the child and keep him in you care.

theeobserver
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theeobserver 08/08/08 - 05:53 am
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That is the first message

That is the first message justus ever wrote without racist comments. Taking your meds?

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 08/08/08 - 06:08 am
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justus is right on the mark.

justus is right on the mark. Personal responsibility failure. This "disease" has way too many firmly in its grip. I can't relate to "forgetting" about a baby.

giwi
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giwi 08/08/08 - 06:14 am
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She might had felt

She might had felt disoriented due to the fact that she and her husband had been arguing! That's a reason for her leaving her child--bullcrap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

christian134
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christian134 08/08/08 - 06:14 am
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May God have mercy on your

May God have mercy on your soul and you find forgiveness for your horrible crime but, at the same time, as to the justice system I also pray they give you the same amount of compassion you showed the little one....

nightcop
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nightcop 08/08/08 - 06:19 am
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she's just a victim of

she's just a victim of society. poor thing!

createyourfuture
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createyourfuture 08/08/08 - 06:32 am
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A crime was committed. This

A crime was committed. This is not premeditated murder. This is someone who made a horrible mistake and should pay a price. But premeditated murder? Come on! This is a grandstanding play by the DA's office to impress the voting electorate that they are "tough on crime" It merely shows that they lack the ability to view this crime fairly. What they do is charge her with murder to scare the pants off her, then offer her a plea of involuntary manslaughter so she does not have to face a jury. Justice?

Lack of personal responsibility is to blame. All these young people with no personal responsibility will be the downfall of the US, especially when their media hero Obamessiah is elected. Hold onto your wallet, boys!

jsterett
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jsterett 08/08/08 - 06:40 am
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Doesn't seem to be much

Doesn't seem to be much compassion for a woman that just lost her baby. The article says she is charged with a felony but some people already have her covicted and have the rope thrown over the limb.

bigjimjohnstowns
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bigjimjohnstowns 08/08/08 - 06:44 am
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Disoriented, husband

Disoriented, husband sleeping, argument forgot baby-----crack will do that!

Bizarro
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Bizarro 08/08/08 - 07:20 am
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I agree with jsterett. The

I agree with jsterett. The woman had other kids in her car and other things on her mind and she made a mistake-a lethal mistakce and one I find difficult to believe you can forget your child, but not everyone displays much intelligence (like the majority of posters). I don't see how a death penalty would be justice and even wonder what justice would be served sending her to prison (we also pay for her crime). Seems losing her remaining children for her incompetence would be punishment enough. If she didn't want the child she could have killed it by abortion legally. I feel sorry for the woman who obviously is lacking in sense and now one child. May God have mercy on their souls. Sad story.

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I4PUTT 08/08/08 - 07:22 am
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How did we fail this poor

How did we fail this poor mom? Did we put too much pressure on her as a young mother? Should we have provided free child care? Would limo service have helped? Are we asking too much of our kids to grow up and take responsibility? Poor thing....

Bizarro
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Bizarro 08/08/08 - 07:30 am
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No one failed the mom. The

No one failed the mom. The mom failed the child but what is at issue is what is a just punishment. The death penalty seems absurd because it wasn't malicious or intentional. Serving time in prison maybe but for how long. Seems taking her children away and a short stint in prison would do it.

UncleBill
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UncleBill 08/08/08 - 07:30 am
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Too bad it is not required to

Too bad it is not required to pass a test before having a baby. Mental illness, drugs, or pure stupidity would be disqualifiers.

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iletuknow 08/08/08 - 07:31 am
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These types will have 3 or 4

These types will have 3 or 4 more in a few years.

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stillamazed 08/08/08 - 07:32 am
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According to the report last

According to the report last night, she thought that her cousin who was in the car with her got the baby, she said she was on a phone call and just thought the cousin got her. While this is a tragidy and she should have made sure the child was out, I'm not sure that felony murder charges are appropriate. You are a hard bunch of people, God forbid if any of you perfect people ever make any kind of mistake. Does she need to be punished in some way for negligence? Sure....but felony murder, come on now. I will pray for them all. Also, I saw nothing in this article about crack Big Jim..........

mommie2
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mommie2 08/08/08 - 07:40 am
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Only someone on here would

Only someone on here would make this political. This woman is a candidate for sterilization.

dani
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dani 08/08/08 - 07:45 am
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I can only imagine the

I can only imagine the suffering of the infant ..I have no feelings for Morris. (A mother? )

RogueKnight
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RogueKnight 08/08/08 - 07:47 am
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I agree with 5:00smwhr. But,

I agree with 5:00smwhr. But, it is ultimately the parent's responsibility for the child. She'll have to live with this for the rest of her life. That, in itself, is punishment.

DRAMAMAMA
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DRAMAMAMA 08/08/08 - 07:47 am
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She didn't "lose" her

She didn't "lose" her baby...she forgot it. And that turned out to be deadly.

dani
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dani 08/08/08 - 07:48 am
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Who determines when it is

Who determines when it is negligence and when it is murder? It is murder when you think this is an easy way to kill your child and get away with it. I don't see any negligence. No one could possibly have a 6 week old and not bother to check on him for an hour.

myobgdi
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myobgdi 08/08/08 - 07:50 am
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This isn't a tragedy, it's a

This isn't a tragedy, it's a crime. And you're right, jsterrett, I have NO compassion for this woman. She was pregnant for 9 months. How do you "forget" the outcome of a 9 month process? This poor child suffered horribly before he died. A felony has been committed. She did the crime, she needs to do the time.

dale88fan
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dale88fan 08/08/08 - 07:55 am
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This young girl made a

This young girl made a horrible mistake. She has to live with this the rest of her life. That alone will be punishment to her. In todays busy world this young girl has simply screwed up and had a very bad result. Think back to when you were young and tell me if you add kids to your already full plate at that age how lucky are we all that we didnt make the same mistake or even got lucky enough to run back outside within minutes.... I am not saying she is not guilty of a crime - just saying she made a mistake that cost her child his life....that she nor you cannot change but in todays world we can change our childrens desire to have a family so quickly in life and just teach them to slow down and breathe ......

dani
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dani 08/08/08 - 07:56 am
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Not everyone perceives their

Not everyone perceives their actions as punishment. They breathe a sigh of relief, say the victim is now in a better place, and go on with their life. No regrets. After all, it was an "accident".

myobgdi
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myobgdi 08/08/08 - 08:01 am
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25 is not a "young girl" by

25 is not a "young girl" by any definition of the word young or girl. She is an adult woman and responsible for her actions.

2centsworth
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2centsworth 08/08/08 - 08:02 am
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This happens with some

This happens with some regularity since they passed laws insisting infants be in the back seat. Out of sight - out of mind.

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