A Davis man was convicted Wednesday of murdering his girlfriend’s 19-month-old son in 2014
Darnell Deangelo Dorsey, 24, was at home caring for his 3-year-old son and 19-month-old Cameron Morrison on Jan. 22, 2014, while Dorsey’s girlfriend, the mother of both boys, was at a local gym.
When the mother returned home about 40 minutes later, Cameron was unconscious and not breathing, according to a Yolo County District Attorney’s Office news release. The boy was taken to Sutter Davis Hospital and later transferred to UC Davis Medical Center’s pediatric trauma center.
Cameron died three days later as a result of severe traumatic brain injury due to blunt-force trauma, authorities said.
Doctors who treated the boy immediately recognized that his injuries – including subdural hematoma, retinal hemorrhages, a lacerated liver, lung contusions and 18 rib fractures in various stages of healing – likely resulted from severe child abuse, prosecutors said.
The jury heard more than six weeks of testimony, including testimony from doctors, nurses, child abuse experts and pathologists who concluded that Cameron died from blunt-force trauma to his head and body, and that it occurred while he was in Dorsey’s care.
In a complaint filed by the District Attorney’s Office after the child’s death, Dorsey was accused of assault on a child with force likely to produce great bodily injury resulting in death.
At a court trial held after the jury was released, Yolo Superior Court Judge Paul K. Richardson found that Dorsey has a prior conviction for robbery, a violent “strike” offense under California’s “three-strikes” law.
Dorsey is to be sentenced by Judge Richardson on Dec. 2.