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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steve-o
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steve-o 08/08/08 - 09:37 pm
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No, I am not kidding. My son

No, I am not kidding. My son shoots with me regularly (under my supervision) he does shoot my pistols occasionally, but usually shoots my daddy's old marlin model 60 in 22 lr. For really real, there are still some Dad's that teach their kids how to shoot, drive a stick, hunt, fish, and enjoy the outdoors. I have no apologies.

enana03
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enana03 08/08/08 - 09:42 pm
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What a tragic situation.

What a tragic situation. This woman has not only lost her child due to her own neglect, but will now face criminal charges. May the Lord hold this infant in His arms and protect him forever. Everyone should be manadated to take a test before birth and those not up to speed should be required to take parenting classes. This needless suffering is so sad.

willistontownsc
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willistontownsc 08/08/08 - 10:04 pm
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Actually, China does NOT

Actually, China does NOT forcefully sterilize anyone. And they have temporarily shelved their one-child policy due to a devastating earthquake.

ZenoElia
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ZenoElia 08/08/08 - 10:12 pm
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Steve-o, while I respect your

Steve-o, while I respect your right to raise your kids responsibly around guns, I still hold the position that guns are designed to kill or maim. They are not designed for target practice. That is just essential to do when learning to shoot and hit the target. But the goal remains, to hit the target, be it a person or animal, killing is still killing. I never caught anything worth remembering while fishing so I don't care about that. Both my sons learned fishing on their own. I have no love for water bodies, so I don't go around them. This is not to say if left with a choice of survival in the outdoors or fighting the enemy within our own borders, I would choose survival and live off the land and could do so with the proper provisions. I just don't enjoy ending the life of any living thing unless it is to eat it. In that case I have to concede to the necessity of killing something. I just don't want to do it unless it is a matter of life or death. I don't think instilling the nature to kill (no matter the reasoning behind doing so) into a child is wise. But this is my humble opinion.

steve-o
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steve-o 08/08/08 - 10:23 pm
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You and I agree on the gun

You and I agree on the gun issue. Guns are for killing, but maiming is not what we want. We want a clean kill of said animal, and that is why we practice on paper targets. I personally train with paper targets when practacing my "draw and fire" excercises. I want a clean kill on an animal, or a stopped threat if a warrented threat arises. What's your point?

steve-o
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steve-o 08/08/08 - 10:26 pm
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We also train about "living

We also train about "living off the land" It's called CAMPING.

steve-o
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steve-o 08/08/08 - 10:28 pm
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I bet that you eat meat, and

I bet that you eat meat, and that your shoes, belt, and purse were once an animal that was killed because of YOU!

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 08/08/08 - 10:33 pm
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I am fortunate that my

I am fortunate that my parents cherished me. It is up to the fortunate people to help lead the misfortunate.
since we can't re raise people it is better to try to increase the chance that babies get a good start.

biggdawgmoneyclip
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biggdawgmoneyclip 08/08/08 - 10:39 pm
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I still say we should

I still say we should sterilize people in trailer parks and projects...

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 08/08/08 - 10:48 pm
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Felons too should loose their

Felons too should loose their reproductive rights.

biggdawgmoneyclip
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biggdawgmoneyclip 08/08/08 - 10:48 pm
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I agree.

I agree.

ZenoElia
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ZenoElia 08/08/08 - 11:29 pm
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BigDawg, let's not stop

BigDawg, let's not stop there. Let's just sterilize the narrow-minded conservatives who run this country so we'll never have another GW. And while we're at it, let's not forget the homo-loving liberal theologians, lesbians, pedophiles, child and spouse abusers, crooked police and politicians, pornographers, crack-heads, prostitutes, and killers of innocents. Hey for that matter the crooks who run businesses, ID thieves, liars, and the ungodly no matter what faith or lack of it they adhere to.

ZenoElia
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ZenoElia 08/08/08 - 11:36 pm
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Steve-My point is I don't

Steve-My point is I don't like killing anything except to survive when absolutely nothing else will do. My shoes, belt, and wallet are all cheap imitations made by man-made materials. I eat chicken, beef, pork and seafood. I don't eat lamb or goat or wild animals. I would never think of harming anything small, unless you mean grub worms and fire ants and harmful insects that destroy my work. So yeah I'm not exactly a pacifist, but I'm close.

biggdawgmoneyclip
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biggdawgmoneyclip 08/08/08 - 11:42 pm
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Zeno, while I don't care for

Zeno, while I don't care for gays or lesbians I don't they are going to reproduce.

ZenoElia
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ZenoElia 08/08/08 - 11:49 pm
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BigDawg, I used to live in an

BigDawg, I used to live in an apt below a pair of lesbians (both military). One of them had been married and had three kids they raised as a couple. So, if they reproduce before going gay and raise those kids in that confusing environment, how does that kid know there is anything else as a model? That's just as bad as reproducing in my book. Maybe worse.

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NicoleKelly 08/08/08 - 11:57 pm
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Two words... Birth Control!!!

Two words... Birth Control!!!

whatsupwiththat
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whatsupwiththat 08/09/08 - 12:04 am
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Lock her in a car with

Lock her in a car with windows up when it is 95 degrees and leave her there for 3 hours. If she survives, let her go...if she doesn't...who cares?

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alexxan1221 08/09/08 - 02:11 am
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God please help us all

God please help us all especially this group of do-gooders perfect bunch of hypocrits that prevails in this audience of PERFECT DO NO WRONG AUGUSTANS, OPPS, DISGUSTANS

sassygalady30
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sassygalady30 08/09/08 - 04:16 am
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can i just say... she lived

can i just say... she lived across the street from me... yes she lived n a trailer... but isnt a trailer park there are house's by us to...some of u need to know the facts then speak... i didn't know what happen till i seen the news...i didn't know her either but my heart goes out to the family....some of u people here need a life...people like some of u is what's wrong with augusta n hephzibah

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FallingLeaves 08/10/08 - 04:36 pm
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thank you cupcake and

thank you cupcake and motherof3 for your voices of reason and anyone else that has your compassion (i haven't had time to read all the posts) for everyone that loves the baby that died in this tragic accident. I have a BA degree, yet, I've lived in a top of the line double wide trailer that still had its problems, (it was my husband's decision) but nowhere near the trouble a 40 year old house in a "nice" neighborhood turned out to be, between a spouse that put vacations for himself ahead of maintenance for the house and the neighborhood declining into a drug-trafficking network. (Yes, the children and I got out of there over two years ago) I am the custodial parent of my children for over 2 years now and they are at the top of their classes in the best public school in the state and college bound, one has several scholarships already. I know other children of black, white and other, from limited means that are doing just as well or better. They excel in school, hold jobs, they volunteer for charitable organizations, they do their chores at home. I wish people would not stereotype others.

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FallingLeaves 08/10/08 - 04:38 pm
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BTW, It was plain as day to

BTW, It was plain as day to me that Lisa eyes look the way they do because she has been crying. I didn't have a moments doubt about that. She loves that baby.

workingmom
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workingmom 08/10/08 - 10:20 pm
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I'm glad your children have

I'm glad your children have thrived Baroness (and you know my opinion on this) but wouldn't it have been possible for you to leave that neighborhood before it became so drug infested if there had been two incomes in the household? I lived in a less desirable neighborhood at one time and that was when we decided we would do whatever it took to get the family away from there. I have more than one degree and use it to help afford a home, clothes, food and extra things for my family. No, there is nothing wrong with living in a trailer if you are happy and that is all you can afford but sometimes people can help themselves if they choose to.

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paintedhorizon 08/11/08 - 09:45 am
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I can only imagine the

I can only imagine the torment that poor baby went through.

Brenda_G
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Brenda_G 08/11/08 - 01:44 pm
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It must be very tragic,

It must be very tragic, indeed, to lose a child. What glaringly different comments from folks between the loss of the Morris child and the Mixon child. No matter what the geographical location, there are two sets of greiving parents.
"Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them." Author: Unknown

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ocean11 08/11/08 - 03:39 pm
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for all you people sticking

for all you people sticking up for this woman you are all nuts. It's not like leaving a gallon of milk in your car. It was a baby. NO EXCUSE whats so ever. When she first walked in the house the first thing she should have done was say where is my baby. NO EXCUSE All these people leaving their kids in cars should never see the outside again. This happens to often.

chacha2008
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chacha2008 08/11/08 - 03:59 pm
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So sad. The poor baby. How

So sad. The poor baby. How it suffered. I just ever imagine forgetting one of my children. But then like someone said, crack will do that to you. I also agree with whoever said to put her in a hot car and let her sit and if she doesn't make it oh well. This women did not need to bare children. So many out there having kids and they don't need them. Birth Control folks, birth control. Stop having sex! Geez

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Rosey_T 08/11/08 - 09:49 pm
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I can't say if the mother's

I can't say if the mother's story was the truth or not but I can say that I don't have children of my own but have previously been a babysitter; and no matter how my day was going or how upset I may have been, I never forgot those children and I'm just 24 now. Sometimes I had to get a sleeping two year old and a baby out of the car at the same time. If I was on a call, I put that phone away until I got the children out of the car. You can't forget a child IN A CAR for an hour. As someone stated in the first posts, who got the other child out of the back seat or was that child out of a seatbelt in the front (as I've often seen parents do). Someone should have thought about a BABY as soon as their feet made it to the door if they actually "forgot" the baby. This is true whether its your first child or your tenth. I have a godson that I've helped raise for four years and I've never forgotten him. This is very sad and tragic and I pray for the mother either way it goes. Whatever way it happened, she needs help and so does anyone else who was involved.

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TakeAstand 08/12/08 - 04:25 pm
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I back you on those points

I back you on those points 100% Sargent!!! These people who are so against stopping sorry people from having more babies want to act all compasionate for peoples rights. What about the childs right not be be born into an aldready horrible situation...... its child abuse to me, but they care more about a sorry persons right to reproduce as many children as they want not caring how many children it hurts!!! And you do not have to do this by abortion, how about a one child law, licensing, sterilization etc..., you would be saving and helping more children in this world by preventing irresponsible parents from breeding rather than encouraging them to keep breeding helpless children in these sad lifestyles for their own selfish reasons!!! These bleeding hearts just can not see the big picture!!!

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