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Felony Child Abuse Charge Dropped Against David Morrison

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Dad Arrested After Incident During St. Joan Of Arc Elementary Haloween Party. We Asked Whether Police Went Too Far.

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The Felony Child Abuse Charge David Morrision Has Been Dropped Following BocaNewsNow.com’s reporting. The case will be wrapped up in March.

BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — What BocaNewsNow.com flagged as the seemingly strange felony child abuse case against Boca Raton resident David Morrison is expected to be wrapped up by March — with the felony charge being dropped.

Morrison, as we reported on November 5th, was arrested following an elementary school Halloween party at St. Joan of Arc. From our original report:

The annual Halloween party at St. Joan of Arc on October 29th was chaos — as most elementary school parties tend to be. During the event, David Morrison’s young daughter was hit by a boy in a dinosaur costume. She fell to the ground. As parents do, Morrison reacted by trying to help and comfort his daughter while also stopping the dinosaur-clad child from hurting other kids.

From the police report filed by Boca Raton Police:

“A lot of children were grabbing the tail (of the boy in the dinosaur costume). Due to an unknown child grabbing his tail, (the boy) turned around and accidentally hit a little girl in the face which caused her to fall down. (The boy said) that David came up to him and started to yell at him about intentionally hitting the little girl in the face. David started to curse and yell at the boy to take off his costume. (The boy claimed) that while he was trying to unzip his costume, David was grabbing his costume as well trying to get it off of him. Once the costume was pulled down, David then grabbed both of his shoulders and squeezed them very tight and pulled him asking where his parents were.”

The incident led to a felony child abuse charge against Morrison, a businessman, a dad of young kids, and also a graduate of St. Joan of Arc himself. Boca Raton Police cuffed Morrison at his home, in front of his family, and locked him up. BocaNewsNow.com raised questions about the arrest, among them: whether a felony child abuse charge for a Halloween costume party incident was appropriate.

It seems prosecutors asked the same question.

In the days after our report, prosecutors reduced the felony charge to a misdemeanor battery charge. They have now agreed to close the case in exchange for 20 hours of community service. The final hearing in the matter is set for March.

LOCAL JOURNALISM SUPPORTER.

Paul Saperstein

 

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