Virginia delegate facing multiple charges of assault, injury to child


SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Delegate Rick Morris (R – 64th District) is facing several charges in connection to alleged domestic incidents.

On Tuesday, police charged Morris, 47, with two misdemeanor counts of assault and battery to a family member and one felony count of cruelty and injury to a child. He was released from Western Tidewater Regional Jail shortly before 1:00 a.m. Wednesday on $1,500 bond.

Suffolk police say on Tuesday, officers talked to the victim, a male juvenile related to Morris, about a Child Protective Services complaint. Police say the victim was assaulted by Morris on September 16 and had injuries consistent with “excessive physical discipline.”

Police also talked to a woman Tuesday in reference to a CPS complaint about child and family abuse. According to police, it was found that the woman, also a family member, was assaulted by Morris on December 23, 2015, when an argument escalated and became physical. The victim suffered injuries as a result and sought medical treatment.

After further investigation, police said on Thursday that additional charges have been filed against Morris, including three felony counts of cruelty and injuries to children, three felony counts of child endangerment, three misdemeanor counts of domestic assault involving a minor and two misdemeanor counts of domestic assault involving an adult, female family member.

The charges stem from alleged incidents that involved the same victims.

Morris was again arrested and taken to Western Tidewater Regional Jail, where he was given a $1,500 bond and has since been released.

Police say the alleged incidents happened on various dates in 2016 at the family home, located in the 300 block of Babbtown Road.

Police are still investigating.

Morris serves parts of Isle of Wight County, Surry County, Southampton County, Sussex County, Suffolk and the City of Franklin.

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