Syrus Morgan
May 5, 2013 - October 25, 2013



A five month old baby was flown to University Of Chicago Medicine Comber Children's Hospital after his mother had called 911 saying she had come home and found her baby unresponsive. Syrus Morgan had blue lips and was not breathing but First Responders were able to keep him alive and transport him to the hospital. Syrus had severe head and brain trauma that he suffered at the hands of his mother, Siarra Morgan who was 19 years old and her boyfriend Melvin McNair who was 27 years old. The couple was arrested when it was found that Syrus had multiple skull fractures, broken ribs and bleeding on his brain and the injuries were caused by child abuse. Syrus was brought to the hospital in October of 2013 on a Tuesday and died that same week, on Friday.

Syrus had been seen at the hospital before when he had supposedly rolled off of the bed and had a skull fracture. A Child Protective Services Caseworker had told Siarra just ten weeks prior to the death of Syrus, that she needed to put him to sleep in his crib. So it seems that CPS had a chance to save this baby and wasted that chance believing that a child could fracture his skull by falling off of a bed on to a carpeted floor.

Melvin told Police that he had been left alone with Syrus at about 4:45 p.m. while Siarra went to the store and that Syrus had been laying on the bed while he was playing video games. Syrus began to cry and Melvin gave him his pacifier but that only worked for a few minutes. Melvin left the room for a short time and when he came back into the room, he found that Syrus had rolled off of the bed and his eyes were rolling up into the back of his head, that's the story Melvin told Police that day.

In January of 2015, Melvin Vincent McNair ll had originally been charged with murder but was able to plead to a lesser charge of neglect of a dependent in exchange for his testimony against Siarra. Melvin said in court that he had failed to get medical help for Syrus when he knew he needed it. Melvin said that he had seen Siarra abuse her son, shaking his head back and forth and hitting his head on hard surfaces. Melvin said during that time he noticed that Syrus acted differently and he seemed to be deteriorating before his eyes, but he didn't get the baby medical help.

The Medical Examiner testified that Syrus had injuries in various stages of healing before he was taken off of life support and ended up dying. For his part in the death of this little Angel, Melvin was given the following: (Note: I am adding it just as it was written in the report I read because it's a bit confusing to me)

The plea agreement outlined a mximum eight year sentence on the charge of neglect of a dependent. The agreement states that the executed portion of the sentence will be served in Lake County Community Corrections. A sentencing hearing is set for March 23. In addition, Lake Superior Court Magistrated Natalie Bokota, who presided at the change of plea hearing on Monday, approved reducing McNair's bail from $50,000. surety to $15,000. surety or $1,500. cash. McNair, who will be living in Park Forrest, lll., will be required to wear a GPS monitor while he is free on bond and will pay for the monitor costs himself. Morgan, 20, of Gary, has pleaded not guilty to the charges of murder, four counts of neglect of a dependent, battery resulting in death, aggravated battery, and other felony counts. She is being held without bail in the Lake County Jail. Her next court date is March 19.

Thank you Cherry for sending me this story.

This page was created on December 17, 2014
Death occurred in the state of Indiana

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