Crime, Fire + Courts

Still no plea for suspect in Davis toddler’s death

By From page A1 | March 19, 2014

WOODLAND — A Sacramento man accused of fatally assaulting a 20-month-old Davis boy in January made his second court appearance Tuesday but has yet to enter a plea.

However, a Yolo County prosecutor filed a motion adding a case enhancement to Darnell D’Angelo Dorsey’s existing felony charge of assault on a child resulting in death. The enhancement alleges a prior strike stemming from Dorsey’s conviction in a 2009 robbery case out of Davis.

Dorsey, 21, has been in Yolo County Jail custody in lieu of $1 million bail since Jan. 22, when the distraught mother of toddler Cameron Morrison flagged down an ambulance with the unconscious and badly injured child inside her car.

Relatives said Dorsey, who was not Cameron’s biological father, had been caring for the boy that evening at the family’s Olive Drive residence.

Cameron died three days later at the UC Davis Medical Center from his injuries, which his mother, Veronica Rix, described as including a lacerated liver, hemorrhaging to his brain and broken ribs in various stages of healing.

On Tuesday, Deputy District Attorney Michelle Serafin told Yolo Superior Court Judge Paul Richardson that her office is “waiting for some significant medical records” in the case, including pathologist and coroner’s reports, and requested that the Dorsey’s proceedings be put over until early May.

Although Yolo County coroner’s officials are still awaiting the autopsy report and have not yet ruled on Cameron’s cause of death, “the allegation is it’s a shaken-baby case,” Serafin said.

Defense attorney Jessica Graves said she would prefer to wait until the May court date for Dorsey to enter a plea to the assault charge and case enhancement. Richardson expressed concern over the lack of a plea in the nearly two-month-old case, but ultimately agreed to schedule a plea entry for May 2.

— Reach Lauren Keene at [email protected] or 530-747-8048. Follow her on Twitter at @laurenkeene

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