August 11, 1961
A Grave Memorial
LeAnn Morgan to go to the hospital more than 20 times, one of those
resulted in Michelle being kept in the hospital for a month and no one
on to the fact that she was abusing this child, except for the brother
who was witness to what happened on her final day. Suffering multiple
during her short life, Michelle was seen in the hospital for a broken
burns on her skin, a broken arm and other injuries to her chest and
August 10, 1961
a little boy would be witness to the murder of his sister. That day,
held Michelle under the water and stomped on her because she believed
Mary had lied to her about something. During dinner, Michelle began to
vomit blood clots. George, Michelle's brother was a witness to what
to Michelle that day. The next day, Michelle died from her injuries.
Rae had killed her stepdaughter.
autopsy was done
by the Pathologist on the Army base where the Morgan's lived at that
At that time, the cause of death was found to be massive trauma to the
chest. There was a technical error and the report was completed at a
date and an inexperienced coroner listed the cause of death as
and said it had happened in 1976. The case was never pursued by the
years after Michelle
died, her body was exhumed and it was finally determined that she was
to death. Mary Rae was arrested in Splendora, Texas just one day after
a coroner had examined Michelle's remains. Mary denied that she had
Michelle and even tried to leave the country. She was caught and sent
grand jury indictment
against Mary Rae Morgon charged her with murder and two counts of in
manslaughter. One charge for causing Michelle's death while assaulting
her and the other for killing her by using corporal punishment. Mary
sent to jail and was given a one million dollar bond. Mary's father,
Morgan, was not charged at all. In the end, Mary Rae Morgon plead
to a charge of involuntary manslaughter and was sentence to five years
George, who was eight at the time of her death, told investigators that
he had seen Michelle bounce like a rag doll as his stepmother stomped
her stomach, he said that later, she had vomited blood. George Morgan
serving time in prison and he started doing genealogical research about
his family. He requested a copy of Michelle's death certificate
saw that it listed the cause of death as Pneumonia. He knew this was
and and he wrote to the funeral home to let them know about the mistake.
letter was given
to the the Coroner in St. Clair County, Illinois, Rick Stone.
remains were exhumed and he performed an examination. At that time, he
realized that Michelle's death had been due to her being beaten to
An autopsy found two rib fractures, a brain hemorrhage and she had
on her head and thigh.
after Michelle's death, Mary had raised four other children and the
at the hospitals show that between the four of them, they visited the
over 150 times before the age of five.
NOTE: The picture listed as Michelle on
the Find A Grave Memorial is NOT Michelle. It was taken by a woman who
was watching the show "Cold Case Files" and took a picture of the
girl they had acting as Michelle in the documentary. The picture I have
on this page of Michelle and her brother is the only known picture,
that I have been able to find that REALLY is her.
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