Delegate arrested in assault, child cruelty cases

Published 9:32 pm Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A state delegate was arrested in Suffolk Tuesday on charges of assault and battery of a family member and cruelty and injuries to children.

Richard Lee Morris, 47, was released from Western Tidewater Regional Jail shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday on a $1,500 bond, city spokeswoman Diana Klink said.

Klink stated in an email that Suffolk police made contact on Tuesday with a male juvenile victim, a family member, in reference to a Child Protective Services complaint.

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“It was found the victim was assaulted by the listed offender on September 16, 2016, and sustained injuries consistent with excessive physical discipline,” Klink wrote in the email.

At the same time, police made contact with an adult female victim in reference to a Child Protective Services complaint of child and family abuse, Klink stated.

“It was found the adult female victim, a family member, was assaulted by the listed offender on December 23, 2015, when a verbal altercation escalated and became physical,” Klink wrote.

The victim suffered injuries and sought medical treatment, she added.

The alleged incidents all occurred at the family residence in the 300 block of Babbtown Road, Klink said. The investigations remain ongoing.

Morris is a Republican and represents the 64th District, which includes parts of Suffolk.

Morris did not return calls seeking comment on Wednesday.