MINNEAPOLIS (WJZ)–A Minneapolis man is now behind bars after authorities say he punched his 4-month-old daughter in the face because she was making too much noise, according to CBS Minnesota

According to the criminal complaint, the incident happened on August 13, 2016, when the father, Cory Clifford Morris, 21, called 911 and admitted to killing his daughter.

When police arrived blood was reportedly on the walls and floor near the baby’s changing table.

Authorities say Morris admitted to officers that he while he was watching TV the baby began to make noise, so he brought her from the baby swing to her bedroom and placed her on the changing table.

According to the complaint, when the baby continued to make noise Morris said he hit his daughter with a closed fist multiple times to quiet her.

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Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says Morries punched the baby 15 times with a closed fist, hitting her 7 times in the chest.

Morris, who lives with the baby’s mother, apparently watched the baby three-four times a week while the mother is at work.

Following the assault, the baby’s mother told police that Morris called to tell her that “he was going to jail because he did something to the baby.”

CBS Minnesota reports, Morris doesn’t have a violent past and has only been issued traffic tickets.

He is facing charges of second-degree murder with intent, but not premeditated, in connection to the Aug. 13 incident.

If convicted, he faces up to 40 years in prison.

 

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