A jury found a 21-year-old Glen Burnie man guilty in the murder of his girlfriend's infant daughter in 2012 Wednesday.
Curtis Ryan Morris was ruled guilty specifically on charges of second-degree murder, first-degree child abuse and first-degree assault of the child.
“Time and time again we see a baby dying in the hands of someone who is either not the parent, had the infant hoisted upon them to be a caregiver, or who more often than not, does not have the maturity or patience to handle such a task,” States Attorney Anne Colt Leitess said. “Parents need to think twice about who they are leaving their children with, and caregivers need to give themselves a time out and not lash out.”
Kairi Lutz was taken to the Baltimore Washington Medical Center on June 10, 2012 where she was pronounced dead. Investigators spoke with Morris and the 3-month-old's mother, Erika Lutz. Morris told investigators the child choked on milk from a bottle after an evening feeding.
Investigators learned from the couple that Morris was alone with the child from 2:30 p.m. until 9:15 p.m. at the family's home in Jessup.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner performed an autopsy the next day and determined the cause of death was head trauma. Officials said Kairi suffered from bleeding from the brain as well as other traumatic injuries. Her death was ruled a homicide as medical professionals determined the final brain injuries occurred within six hours of her death.
Morris' sentencing is scheduled for August 19 in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court.