Bella Marie Morris
January 7, 2008 - November 5, 2012
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There isn't much out there in the online media about the case of Bella Marie Morris. Jaime Leigh Gardner Morris, her 36 year old mother, was arrested and charged with first degree murder in her death. Bella's grandfather called 911 on November 5 and said that he had found his granddaughter unresponsive. Bella had been visiting her mother and her grandfather was on his way to pick her up and was to be there between 5:00 and 5:30 p.m. and that's when he found her unresponsive. Bella lived with her grandparents who have had custody of her since 2009.

Jaime was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center for an attempted suicide and upon her release she had been arrested. Bella's cause of death is listed as asphyxiation.

In December of 2009, Sterling Morris had filed a restraining order against his daughter-in-law after she showed up at his house knocking on the doors and screaming, she then got in her car and drove through his bushes:

"She is violent and we fear for our granddaughter"

Sterling said that while she had been able to visit Bella in the past, that the original arrangement was no longer working and that at one point he had called the police because Jaime wouldn't let go of Bella. Jaime had been separated from her husband, Brian Morris, the father of Bella and the couple had filed restraining orders against each other after what appeared to be a physical altercation that left them both with bruises after he claimed she went after him with a knife, stabbing him in the side. Brian and Jaime had been married for five years and she was granted a restraining order while the judge denied his request for one.

A top Prosecutor from the county said:

"Even though I've been doing this for a long time, any time you see where a natural mother has
charged with murdering a natural child, it's very shocking and concerning. It's certainly a
case this office
takes very seriously"
District Attorney - William West


FAYETTEVILLE - Miss Bella Marie Morris, 4, of Fayetteville, passed away on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. She was born in Fayetteville and was a student at St. Andrews Academy preschool.

She is survived by her father, Brian Morris of Fayetteville; paternal grandparents, Sterling and Sandra Morris of Fayetteville; maternal grandmother, Wanda Godbold and Mr. Terry of Fayetteville; mother, Jaime Gardner Morris; brother, Brandon Morris of Linden; and special friends, Austin and Caitlyn McMillan.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at 11 a.m. in St. Andrews United Methodist Church with the Dr. Gerry Davis officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Andrews Academy, 121 Lofton Drive, Fayetteville, N.C. 28311, in memory of Bella. Services entrusted to Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home of Fayetteville.

Published in Fayetteville Observer on November 8, 2012

As of today's date, I am unable to find any further information about this case.

Death occurred in the state of North Carolina
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