Carolyn Yvonne McMorris
January 23, 1954 - December 5, 1955
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William McMorris was living with his girlfriend Colleen and his three daughters, the couple was not married, however, they still referred to Colleen ad their step mother. Carolyn, Debra and Kay learned very quickly that something was wrong with Colleen, she was verbally and physically abusive to the children and had little patient for being a stepmother. Kay was only five years old and she did her best to protect her sisters. In December of 1955, the 23 month old toddler who was living in the home, died, that child was said to have died from falling out of her crib, no one thought to question that explanation at the time. The truth was that Carolyn was killed by her stepmother, Colleen Joy Parker and Colleen would get away with what she did for far too many years.

In the year 1991, Colleen's luck ran out when Carolyn's sisters came forward to tell the truth. It came out that the girls biological mother had not been with them because she had some problems in her life. The three girls lived in fear, every day, of Colleen. Kay and Debra heard a commotion in the living room of their home and they went to see what was going on. Carolyn was dressed except for her shoes, which she didn't want to wear, she kept curling up her toes to avoid having the shoes put her on by Colleen. Carolyn started crying as Colleen's anger grew and when Kay and Debra stepped back into the living room to see what was going on at that point, Colleen was slapping and shaking Carolyn who reached her arms out to her sisters. When Kay went to pick up her sister, Colleen jerked her away, picking her up by her thighs and throwing her across the room where she hit her head on the rocking chair and then the floor. Carolyn went limp and would not respond so Colleen took her into the bathroom and splashed cold water on her face. When Carolyn still didn't respond all three girls were loaded into the car and they drove to the hospital where Colleen told Dr. Allen T. Stewart that Carolyn had fallen from her crib and while Carolyn was fighting hard to live, she ended up dying at 6:00 p.m. that day and her death was ruled and accident.

In September of 1991, Colleen Joy Parker McMorris was 60 years old when she was arrested and charged with killing Carolyn. Colleen waived extradition from Oklahoma to Texas. The murder of this little Angel had been kept quiet until August 16, 1991 when family members came forward after all those years to tell what had happened:

"They were convinced that the baby had been murdered, but they never told anybody.
They talked about it among themselves for years and finally came to Lubbock Police to
see if anything could be done. The mother told the Doctors the baby feel from the crib.
I guess it was passed off as an accidental death"
Capt. Frank Wiley

Medical records were obtained and checked out by the Police and several doctors:

"It was the consensus that the baby could not have died that way, falling out of the crib"
Capt. Frank Wiley

Sadly, permission was obtained through the courts to exhume this precious little girls body. An autopsy was done and it was determined that Carolyn had died from a blow to the head as well as having been shaken. I say sadly, because I hate when someone is buried and they have to be exhumed for any reason, they are resting in peace and then they are removed from their final resting place. I understand that it is necessary, I just don't like it.

Law enforcement in Oklahoma cooperated and helped in the investigation into the death of Carolyn. Reports said that the McMorris family had lived in Oklahoma for many years:

"It's kind of a shock. They seemed like a good family. He, Mr. McMorris kept saying:
It's my kids down in Texas that keep bringing this up"
Police Chief Hugh Gilbert - Oklahoma

When Police arrived at the home there was a woman standing outside with a video camera and when Police went outside again, she got into her car and drove away. After having been stopped, it was determined that she was one of the daughters of William McMorris.

In an even sadder turn of events, Colleen Joy Parker McMorris was found guilty of felony murder and her sentence, after a jury was out for about an hour and a half, was ONLY a disgusting five year suspended sentence. Colleen COULD have been sentenced to five years in prison, however, the District Attorney said:

"Due to her age and the fact she has all these people depending on her, like
her kids who are on welfare and her husband who is close to death, the jury
determined that a five year suspended sentence was the way to go"
Travis Ware

This sentence was said to be like being on probation with the exception that she doesn't have to report to anyone and if she was to be involved in another crime of "moral turpitude" she would go to prison. Kay and Debra had testified in court to what they had seen the day their sister died adding that they had not come forward sooner because they thought that the statute of limitations had expired. When the sisters learned that there was no statute of limitations on murder, they decided to come forward. The current code of criminal procedure was used to prosecute Colleen, the laws that were in place when Carolyn died were used to sentence her. The choices given to the jury were to acquit Colleen, murder with malice, which would have been punishable with life in prison, murder without malice or aggravated assault and battery.

Sadly, Colleen seems to have gotten away with what she did. While it is sad that her family is on welfare and her husband was dying, she didn't consider ANYTHING to be wrong with abusing the children in her care and then killing one of them, she didn't deserve ANY consideration at all and should have been in prison for what she did. Carolyn DEPENDED on Colleen and so did her sisters, all they got was no love and the death of Carolyn.

Timeline of Carolyn Mcmorris 1955 Lubbock, Texas Case

23 month old baby Dies Mysteriously in Lubbock, Texas Apartment
In December 1955, William Mcmorris lived at 412 East 34th St. Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas with his live in girlfriend Colleen Parker along with his three daughters, Debra, Kay, and Carolyn. William Mcmorris was not legally married to Colleen at the time. She was still considered their stepmother. Colleen Parker was a very abusive and emotionally disturbed step mom, and she had little patience for the children. The girls' biological mother was not living with them. She was going through a lot of problems in her own life. She did maintain contact with the girls. The girls lived in fear most of the time while they were living with their stepmother Colleen. The oldest sister Kay, just 5 years old, did her best to protect the sisters.

December 5, 1955, Baby Carolyn Mcmorris Injury and Death
Kay Clark and her sister Debra Clark were in the kitchen when they heard what was going on in the living room. They stated that dressed baby Carolyn, and he was in the process of trying to put on her shoes. But, the baby didn't want to put her shoes on so she kept balling up her toes. Colleen was becoming visibly upset at the baby for not putting on her shoes. Carolyn, started to sense Colleen's growing frustration so she started crying. Her sisters, stepped to the door of the kitchen again to see what was happening when they saw Colleen slapping and shaking her. Baby Carolyn saw her sisters in the doorway and she reached up her arms for them to pick her up and console her. Just when they were about to pick up their baby sister, Colleen snatched her by the thighs threw her across the room. Colleen hit her head against the floor and an old rocking chair. Colleen snatched her up and took her to the bathroom and threw water in her face to make her wake up, but the baby was unresponsive. She put Carolyn in the car along with Debra and Kay. They drove to West Texas Hospital where Colleen told the doctors that the baby had fallen. Dr. Allen T. STEWART was the attending physician. Carolyn was still clinging to life while he was attending. She expired at 6pm that same evening. The death is ruled an accidental fall. The case is closed.

December 6, 1955 The Next Day
The girls Debra and Kay are with their biological mother. They tell her everything that had happened. The biological mother takes her girls to the police station to make a statement about everything that happened. When they arrived at the police station, the girls would not open their mouths. The police told the mother that there was nothing he could do because they were too young to even be taken seriously. The biological mom left with her girls and told them to never speak of it again. (no one ever found evidence of the mother's speaking with police)

1990 the investigation is reopened
No one can find evidence that the girls' biological mother brought them to the police station to speak with police. The retired detectives do not remember the event. Nor does the biological mother's description of the policeman match anyone who worked at that police station at the time.

Trial Testimony
Kay Clark, in tears, told the jury of the abuse that was going on in the Lubbock home. She also detailed how the murder occurred. When the police reopened the investigation they found that the apartments where the crime occurred had been torn down to make way for a civic center complex, and the doctor who attended had also died. They had no photos of Carolyn's injuries.

Vital Records Research for Carolyn Mcmorris of Lubbock, Texas
by: Traciy Curry-Reyes

Carolyn Mcmorris, exact name, Carolyn Yvonne Mcmorris was born in 1954 in Johnson County, Texas. She died on December 5, 1955 T 412 East 34th St. Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas. She was a White female age 1 Yr, 10 Mos, 12 days. Her father was William Taylor Mcmorris. He was born in Texas. Her mother was Mildred Johnson. No middle name listed. She was born in Texas. The person who notified officials of death was Mildred Mcmorris. The listed disease and condition was listed as accidental Subdural Cranial Hemorrhage. Carolyn Mcmorris died ten hours after initial injury. Initial injury occurred around 12-5-1955 8:00 am. The listed cause of the injury on the death certificate was a fall from a bed, which we now know was untrue. There was no autopsy performed at the time.  Allen T. STEWART M. D. the attending physician at West Texas Hospital.  She was interned at the City Of Lubbock Cemetery. Wayne Chaffin from Rix Funeral Home presided.

On Monday, February 8, 1999, William McMorris died at the age of 75. His obituary said that he was preceded in death by his daughter Carolyn and a son, Robert Taylor McMorris. Apparently, the year after Carolyn died, William and Colleen got married, the date was listed as July 22, 1956. William was survived by his children, Kay, Debra, Janet and Edward as well as brothers and sisters and six grandchildren.

A movie was made about the death of Carolyn called: "A Promise To Carolyn"

Thank you goes out to Alexis for sending me this story. It is my honor to memorialize these little Angels on my site and I am always thankful when others send me the stories of those they are remembering. I want to let Alexis know that I tried to reply to you as you requested, however, your e-mail bounced back to me twice.

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