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Autopsy: Slain Fayetteville girl was smothered

Posted March 7, 2013

— A 4-year-old Fayetteville girl who was found dead last year after a short visit with her mother died from asphyxiation due to smothering, according to an autopsy report released Thursday.

Bella Marie Morris also had potentially toxic levels of alprazolam, an anti-anxiety drug, in her system when she died, the autopsy states. 

The girl's mother, Jaime Morris, 36, has been charged with first-degree murder and felony child abuse in her death.

Investigators say the child lived with her grandparents, who had custody since 2009, but had been visiting her mother for less than three hours on Nov. 5, 2012. When the girl's grandfather arrived to pick her up, he found her unresponsive on the floor and called 911.

Bella Morris was pronounced dead at a local hospital. 


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  • swray001 Mar 12, 2013

    This is very tragic news. The Mother should get the death penalty. A life sentence is not enough for what she has done.

  • itsmyownopinion Mar 11, 2013

    What a tragedy. Incomprehensible.

  • Scubagirl Mar 8, 2013

    so sad, I agree mom should NEVER have been allowed unsupervised visits IF she had a bad history.....She'll get tried as crazy

  • halfpint1552 Mar 8, 2013

    She should have been under supervised visits. Obviously this woman has problems!

  • gnewsome1 Mar 7, 2013

    Anyone who hurts an innocent child does not deserve to live, period.

  • ashleyspivey1986 Mar 7, 2013

    eye for a eye...dont waste time with court...give her a taste of her own medicine