January 7, 2008 - November 5, 2012
A Grave Memorial
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
"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
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
with murdering a natural child, it's very shocking and concerning. It's
case this office takes very seriously"
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.
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
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