Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Dad jailed after allegedly giving beer to child

Stupid and Sad:

"Forty-five-year-old Brett Morse of Dayton, Minnesota is jailed on charges of child neglect and child endangerment.

Morse is accused of getting drunk and passing out while babysitting his two-year old boy and four-year old girl. Police say he has also given his boy beer and left his four-year-old girl home alone.

"Supplying alcohol to a two- and four-year-old, even if it's a sip of beer - or can of beer as alleged here - is dangerous," Hennepin County Sheriff's Inspector Bill Chandler said.

Chandler says when police arrived they had a hard time waking Morse - who was sleeping naked on his bed with one child while the other had the run of the home. Earlier in the day he allegedly left one child alone for a while.

Chandler said, "we all know how much mischief a child by them self ... can get into - so home alone is a very dangerous thing with a four year old."

In the criminal complaint against Morse, he is quoted as telling authorities that on the day in question he drank eighteen beers and had given some to his two-year-old boy and did leave his four-year-old alone. Morse reportedly told investigators on other occasions he had given his kids beer when they became fussy.

Morse had bail set at $10,000.

Sheriff's officials say they're continuing to investigate other, unspecified, allegations against Morse.

Morse's wife, as well as a neighbor, had alerted authorities of Morse's behavior. However authoriteis say the children have been placed in protective custody."

(Copyright 2006 by KARE. All Rights Reserved.)


Anonymous said...

I hate to admit I worked with this man, and never knew he was capable of this. It is awful that something like this can happen in this day and age. All I can say is we have to pray for Brett and his wife, Sheryl.

Ron Ballew said...

I'm sorry to hear about this, and yes I will pray for them.