Sean Christopher Morton, 27, of Bossier City who was arrested Saturday on a charge of second degree cruelty to a juvenile for critically injuring his infant daughter now faces a murder charge.
3-month old Malaysia Morton died from her injuries Monday at University Health in Shreveport. As a result, the charge against Christopher Morton has been upgraded to second degree murder.
Morton remains incarcerated in the Bossier Parish Maximum Security Facility. Bond on the second degree murder charge is set at $500,000.
(Original news release issued October 3, 2015)
FATHER ARRESTED FOR CRITICALLY INJURING INFANT DAUGHTER
Bossier City police have arrested a man after his infant daughter was hospitalized overnight with critical injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome.
Sean Christopher Morton, 27, of Bossier City faces a charge of second degree cruelty to a juvenile after staff with Willis-Knighton Bossier contacted the Bossier City Police Department just after 1 a.m. Saturday regarding a 3-month old baby that was brought into the emergency room.
Detectives arrested Morton after an investigation found he had injured the child Friday night at their residence in the 2400 block of Lamar Street while trying to get the baby to stop crying. Upon noticing that something was wrong with the child, Morton brought the baby to Willis-Knighton Bossier. The child was later taken to University Health in Shreveport where she was listed in critical condition as of Saturday morning.
Morton was booked into the Bossier City Jail. Bond has not yet been set.