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Cops: Dad Killed 2-Year-Old Daughter, Beat Twin After Move From Bridgeport

Derran Morris has been charged in the connection with murder of one twin daughter and the assault of the other. Photo Credit: WNBC New York screenshot
Mount Vernon Police Department. Photo Credit: File

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A father has been charged with beating one of his 2-year-old twin daughters to death and critically injuring the second in their home in Mount Vernon, N.Y., according to  

The girls and their mother, Monique Turner, had moved in with him about a month ago, moving from their Bridgeport apartment because the toddlers had contracted lead poisoning, said.   

Derran Morris, 23, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and first-degree assault charges Friday morning at his arraignment in Mount Vernon City Court in connection with the Wednesday incident, said.

Turner took the girls to Montefiore Mount Vernon Hospital, where Addison was pronounced dead, and Annalynn was transferred to Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, where she underwent surgery, said.

Morris, who was alone with the girls when the injuries occurred, was living with his father in a basement apartment at 343 S. Third Ave. when Turner and the girls moved in, said.

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