Whitesburg KY

Mother of late triplet jailed for violating terms of plea

A 29-year-old Letcher County woman is charged in a bench warrant with violating the terms of a plea agreement she entered nearly three years ago in connection with the 2004 death of her threemonth old daughter and the assault of her infant son.

The Department of Probation and Parole filed court documents on April 29 asking that Desiree Banks Morton be arrested and her probation revoked.

Morton violated terms of her probation when she was arrested in Perry County on January 24 on two charges of public intoxication.

An order signed on May 8 by Floyd Circuit Judge Danny P. Caudill says Morton should be held without bond and that her criminal information is to be entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) system.

Letcher Commonwealth’s Attorney Edison G. Banks said he intends to file a motion asking Caudill to revoke Morton’s probation.

Morton was charged with complicity to murder in the death of Hailey Madison Morton and complicity to first-degree assault in the beating of Hailey’s triplet brother, Hayden Edward Morton.

Hailey Morton died October 22, 2004 of a skull fracture and broken ribs. Hayden Morton received similar injuries but survived. A third infant, Hannah Dawn Morton, wasn’t injured.

The father of the triplets, Edward Morton of Campbranch, was found guilty of reckless homicide and second-degree assault by a Letcher Circuit jury in November 2006. Morton was sentenced to a total of 11 years — five years in jail for the reckless homicide charge and six years for second-degree assault. Caudill was appointed special judge in the case.

In exchange for her pleas of guilty, Desiree Morton was sentenced to two five-year prison terms to be served consecutively. The sentence was probated for a period of five years under conditions that Morton break no other laws and participate in a substance abuse program; agree to random alcohol and drug testing; keep a job or maintain standing as a full-time college student; be under curfew between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m., and have no contact with her own or any other children.

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