The household of Addison and Annalynn Turner reacts after Derran Morris appeared in courtroom on second-diploma homicide and first-diploma assault fees within the beatings of his girlfriend’s 2-yr-previous twin daughters, July thirteen, 2017, in Mount Vernon.
Tensions escalated at Mount Vernon Metropolis Courtroom Thursday as kinfolk of a slain 2-yr-previous blasted youngster protecting providers for not holding the woman and her twin sister out of hurt’s method.
“The system failed them,” stated Natisha Blake, the good aunt of Addison and Annalynn Turner. “That they had proof however did nothing.”
On the steps of the courthouse, her brother, the women’ grandfather Eddie Turner, stated he even eliminated the women from their mom final month, solely to shortly should return them when police threatened to cost him with kidnapping.
He stated a CPS (Youngsters Safety Providers) employee adopted up with him however failed to assist the women.
Addision Turner died July 5 and her sister was hospitalized after they suffered extreme inner accidents whereas staying with their mom’s boyfriend and his household on South Third Avenue.
The boyfriend, Derran Morris, 23, is charged with second-diploma homicide and first-diploma assault, accused of repeatedly hitting the women within the abdomen whereas he was alone with them for 5 hours on July 5. He appeared briefly in Metropolis Courtroom Thursday morning.
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Their mother, Monique Turner, said she returned home the afternoon of July 5 after a doctor’s appointment and found Addison not breathing. Both girls were taken to the hospital, where Addison was pronounced dead. The Medical Examiner’s Office determined that the cause was blunt force trauma and that she had suffered significant internal injuries.
Annalynn suffered similar injuries and underwent surgery. She remains hospitalized though her specific condition was unavailable.
With extra security outside the courtroom and outside the building, there were no confrontations between the girls’ family and half a dozen of Morris’ family and supporters. The girls’ relatives did shout at them, however, on a few occasions. Morris’ relatives did not respond and would not speak with reporters.