Cameron Morrison was only 19 months old, but had suffered more catastrophic injuries than any person should ever ensure in an entire lifetime. Cameron's mother's boyfriend, Darnell Deangelo Dorsey, was babysitting Cameron and his half-brother while their mother was at the gym. When she returned home and found Cameron unconscious, Dorsey claimed that Cameron had "possibly choked on some food" and he had "shook and slapped the boy in an attempt to revive him." Cameron died after being taken off of life support a few days later as a result of a severe traumatic brain injury due to blunt force trauma. At the time of his death, Cameron's brain was so swollen there was
"virtually no space between the brain and the skull." Scans also showed
Cameron had 18 rib fractures in various stages of healing, a lacerated
liver, subdural hematoma, retinal hemorrhages, lung contusions, and
hemorrhaging to his adrenal glands. All the experts agreed
that Cameron did not choke on food. But rather had suffered blunt force trauma to his head and body that was inflicted while he was in Dorsey's care.
Yesterday, after an 8-week trial, Dorsey, who had a prior violent "strike" offense, was convicted by a jury of killing Cameron. Yolo County Deputy District Attorney Michelle Serafin said, "At great sacrifice, the
jurors dedicated eight weeks to finding justice for Cameron.
Overwhelming evidence was presented to the jury thanks to the thorough
investigation of the medical professionals at UC Davis Medical Center
and the Davis Police Department. The hard work and dedication of the
jurors, the doctors and the police officers is deeply appreciated by
Dorsey's sentencing hearing is scheduled for December 2nd where he faces the possibility of 50 years to life in state prison. A press release from the Yolo County District Attorney's Office can be found here