What to Know
- A 24-year-old Westchester County man has been sentenced for murdering his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter and viciously beating her twin
- Derran Morris attacked the girls while he was alone with them for several hours in Mount Vernon back in July 2017
- Addison Turner died of blunt force trauma; her sister survived but required weeks in the hospital for injuries including a lacerated liver
A 24-year-old man has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for murdering his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter -- and the court tacked on another 23 years for his vicious attack on the child's twin sister in Westchester County.
Derran Morris, of Mount Vernon, was convicted of felony murder and manslaughter in the 2017 death of Addison Turner in May; he also was convicted of first- and second-degree assault in the attack on Addison's twin sister, Annalynn, who was hospitalized with a lacerated liver and internal bleeding.
Morris and the twins' mother, Monique Turner, walked into a Westchester County emergency room shortly after 5 p.m. on July 5, 2017 carrying Addison and her twin sister in their arms, prosecutors have said. They told reception that Addison wasn't breathing. Hospital workers found Addison had no pulse and was cold to the touch. Doctors and nurses worked for 20 minutes to try to revive her.
Annalynn was taken to a different hospital, where doctors found she had life-threatening abdominal trauma, including a lacerated liver and severe internal bleeding. An autopsy on Addison found multiple bruises, trauma and a long, deep laceration to her liver as well that caused extensive blood loss.
The medical examiner determined Addison's cause of death to be blunt force trauma and ruled the case a homicide. An investigation found Morris had been alone with the twins for several hours, and he repeatedly struck both of them in the stomach at some point during that time, according to a criminal complaint.
Morris was arrested two days after Addison died. Her sister ultimately survived but required weeks of hospitalization.