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Roy day care operator jailed in child's death

Published April 9, 2014 7:55 pm
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The operator of a Roy child care facility was in jail Wednesday, held in lieu of $100,000 bail in connection with the death of a child left with her two months ago.

Weber County jail records show that Tisha Lynn Morley, 33, was arrested and booked late Tuesday afternoon by Roy police investigating the 8-month-old baby boy's death.

Late Tuesday, prosecutors filed a first-degree felony child abuse homicide charge against Morley.

Roy police spokesman Bryce Weir said that on Feb. 19, the father of the infant went to pick up the baby, along with the child's 3-year-old brother, at Tots & Tykes Day Care. He found the baby cold and unresponsive.

The father took the boy to a local emergency room where doctors allegedly discovered the infant had sustained a head injury. The child, who was flown to Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City, eventually died on Feb. 28.

"The victim suffered a skull fracture and trauma to the brain from shaking and impact inflicted trauma. The trauma was classified as non-accidental," Weir stated. "The medical examiner ruled the manner of death as a homicide with the cause of injury being blunt force injury of the head."

Morley is scheduled to appear before 2nd District Court Scott Hadley on April 15, and she may end up facing more charges in addition to the felony count filed Tuesday.

In spite of the baby's death and suspension of her day care license, Morley continued to provide day care services, police said.

Then on March 27, a 3-year-old child allegedly suffered a broken leg while at Tots & Tykes Day Care.

No charges had been filed in connection with that injury as of Tuesday.


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