Marquis Garrison allegedly tried to make baby stop crying by slamming her to the floor

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Update: The original version of this post, on view below, noted that Marquis Garrison was arrested and charged with child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury after allegedly slamming his baby to the floor in an attempt to stop the child from crying. But those accusations got a considerable upgrade days later, for a tragic reason: The baby died.

At this writing, Garrison faces three counts -- two involving child abuse resulting in death, plus first-degree murder. As of July 17, when he was scheduled to make a court appearance, he was being held without bond.

For more details, read our previous coverage.

Original post, 12:58 p.m. July 11: Regular public-service announcements reinforce the message that people should never shake a baby. But if police are right, Marquis Garrison either missed these spots or ignored their advice in a manner that crossed the line into serious criminality.

Not to mention body slamming.

On June 26, notes a probable cause statement on view below in its entirety, a detective was called to Denver Health Medical Center shortly after a couple arrived with their two-month-old daughter, who was soon determined to be in critical condition.

There, a pediatrician shared the tale told by the parents -- Garrison, thirty, and an unidentified woman. According to them, the child began vomiting about a week previous, and then started seizing a few days later, after rolling off a bed onto some carpet. The pair admitted that they hadn't sought medical help for these symptoms, or for any other reason since the girl was born in April.

Upon learning that her daughter was clinging to life, the woman went to work, leaving the pediatrician to explain to the cop that the explanations offered didn't explain the child's severe brain injury. This conclusion was reinforced soon thereafter, when staffers confirmed a potpourri of other wounds, including broken right and left femurs, a broken left tibia and a broken left shoulder -- damage that would only make sense if that bed from which the child had supposedly fallen was at least three stories tall.

What really happened? In an attempt to find out, the detective called Garrison to police HQ. According to the document, the suspect said the child was crying so persistently on June 25 (the day before she was taken to the hospital) that her mom left the apartment, leaving him in charge. He responded by shaking her, but that didn't do the trick. So he began throwing her on the floor next to him -- after which he apparently picked her up and began shaking her again.

Shockingly enough, the baby began to suffer seizures later that day.

Somehow, the baby managed to survive this abuse; that's why Garrison has been charged with child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury rather than an even more severe felony. Look below to see his booking photo, followed by the probable cause statement.

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Marquis Garrison.

Marquis Garrison Probable Cause Statement

More from our Colorado Crimes archive: "Sharrieckia Page: Child abuse resulting in death charge even though baby's body not yet found."

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JaneDoe
JaneDoe

I am also interested to know where the mother is at

kiraalt
kiraalt

Where is the mother now?   Jury selection was today. 

felizpieceofmind
felizpieceofmind

The mother knew nothing. He conclead so many things from me. To KEVIN, um I wanted marquis to bond with his child and my mom witnessed him being agressive with me tryingt say I was going to suffocate the baby. We did get into it because I wanted him to be there for her. PERIOD. SO FUCK YOU! Second of all. He abused her while I was with my sick mom that day. I left him in charge while my mom was going to have surgery that day. NONE of yall know my baby, knew her habbits or knew marquis. He admitted to doing this to her. NO ONE GOES DOWN TO THE POLICE STATION AND ADMITTS SHIT THAT THEY DIDNT DO! PERIOD!

Guest
Guest

seems to me mom knew something was going on.. When will she be charged? This is horrible and i feel bad for this little girl. I am also wondering if this was the first time this poor baby was abused.

Guest
Guest

I have always been a fan and supporter of the Westword, and was proud of this Denver news source. This support, however, is gone after reading this appalling article. The manner in which the author handles such a delicate subject is disgusting. This is supposed to be an article about a horrendous, violent act of abuse, not some celebrity's latest meltdown. The lighthearted comments and "sense of humor" are absolutely unacceptable as well as completely unwarranted. I fully agree with the comments from the Guest above me, as they are right on target. Now, let's get some facts straight: First, Marquis chose not to tell anyone what he had done to this baby on June 25th. When the mother returned home from work, he assured her the baby was fine and just sleeping. Because of this, the baby was unable to be assessed - and treated - immediately by medical professionals, potentially ruining any chance she had of recovering from this. Second, Marquis claimed that the baby had fallen and was seizing, not both parents. This was the first story he told the mother after she realized her baby was not alright on June 26th, and demanded they take her to the hospital. Third, Marquis did not have a job, which is why the mother worked. She had recently started a new job (since babies do require basic necessities to survive, as well as health insurance, and Marquis wasn't about to provide for them), so she left the hospital to go to work to explain the situation, be excused from her shifts, and still keep her job so that she could maintain the insurance benefits her baby so obviously needed. Furthermore, on the day the incident occurred, the mother went to work, leaving the baby in the father's care. The baby did not start "crying persistently" until after the mother left for work. The mother assumed, as almost any parent would, that the father would be able to care for their child. If he was unable to do so, he should have called a friend or relative (many of whom offered to watch the child should they need it). Finally, the baby sadly passed away Tuesday evening as a result of her injuries. The only positive from this is that Marquis will finally be charged with a severe felony (as he should be). I am shocked that not only would Westword choose not to check all of their facts, but to allow an article to be written that uses humor to make light of a disgusting situation. As a friend of the mother, I can only hope that Westword rights this wrong and edits the article to reflect all of the facts, not just some of them. Perhaps the next time you write a piece about something as tragic as child abuse, you'll choose not only to get the whole story straight before you start pointing fingers, but also to leave the humor out of it.

Guest
Guest

Bad written article. "Not to mention body slamming." Yeah. Thanks for your sense of humor in writing this article. Cause humor sells, even in a tragic story. Or does it?  "Upon learning that her daughter was clinging to life, the woman went to work." That makes it seem like the mother left not caring about the critical condition of her daughter. Maybe "Neurologist told the mother of the critical condition her daughter was in." What is the point of saying she went to work. Might as well have mentioned all the times she took a shit and piss. Because everyone has money to not go to work. Especially with a child who needs care, and bills to be paid, it'd be silly to risk losing your job.  The into was also completely silly. "Regular public service announcements. . . . . " Is that how you start an article about child abuse?  If you are going to write an article about events like this, its best to just stick with writing what happened. Don't fluff it trying to make people look like monsters and write it how it really is. Or go back to writing about your favorite band, or critique of a restaurant where lines like "damage that would only make sense if that bed from which the child had supposedly fallen was at least three stories tall," will help the story. But of course, you want to be a writer. So you write with your big words and imagery. You get an  A in Fiction. 

Danielle Starks
Danielle Starks

Michael roberts you go f*** yourself how dare you publish this bullshit when you have never even spoken to my sister you pathetic ass. You do not know the true story it should not even be legal for you to post is bullshit. My sister is a very bright intelligent will raise educated individual with a very good supportive family. my niece is now resting in a much better place not having to be here to deal with the low life scum like you michael roberts and her SORRY as father an his sorry ass family know how about you put that in your westward and right about that you sorry bastard!

A Pissed off friend
A Pissed off friend

I am disgusted by this FALSE article...MIchael Roberts claims to provide a statement form the PARENTS, that would be both parents and this is incorrect! The statement given was ONLY given by Marquis and he is only trying to save his butt! The mother they mention NEVER left her daughter because she was crying...SHE WAS AT WORK, prior to to any of this occurring and if people would check their facts prior to printing SLANDER, than the world be a better place. I WANT TO MAKE THIS CLEAR....there was nothing wrong with that healthy baby girl...the so called claims of seizures is nothing more then a lie. My friend was a wonderful mother and only trying to provide for her family, and she thought she could trust the DAD to take care of his seed while she worked!

Rodney
Rodney

To west word & the micheal roberts. Marquise garrison is a low life free loader who lived off my daughter felicia for three years, to.him the baby got in the way, he.killed this infant intentionally because he was jealous of the attention the baby received from.her mother, the baby took away from him everything that felicia did for him, he never worked, felicia supported this lazy nigger who refused to watch his own baby while she went to work, the baby got in the way of the tickets he wanted felicia to buy to got to the NBA game in miami florida. Call Rodney Foster Sr. Grandpa to keiza garrison ..... This bany was not killed because she cried, this baby got in the way of this Nigger's meal ticket. Pissed off grandpa Rodney

felizpieceofmind
felizpieceofmind

No she won't, she didn't know and she will be never charged because there is no evidence that she knew or did this. You don't knwo me; you dont know her, so I hope that you look stupid when he by himself is getting charged because there no evidence against her.

Sunshine
Sunshine

Perhaps most mothers with a critically injured child would have wanted to stay with her baby. I would have. F*ck my job. I have to work too but I have my priorities straight. First one is that no friggin body ever abuses my child, ESPECIALLY their father. You seriously believe this baby had all those injuries and broken bones. which happened over a period of days, and mommy dearest didn't know something was wrong. Perhaps, most of us aren't buying that BS. 

 

I like the humor in these articles. If I didn't, I can just go watch CNN.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Explaining the extent of damage in a manner that contrasts it to what was claimed happened is an excellent way to illustrate the inconsistencies in the parent's story. Two broken femurs do not result from falling from bed, unless the bed is three stories tall. 

 

It seems some commentors on here take issue, not with what happened (which would be MY concern), but with the journalist's WRITING STYLE! Judging from their writing examples, they are in NO position to be giving journalistic criticism.

Anonymous
Anonymous

She's so bright and intelligent, she chose THIS character as the father of her child?

 

The author never writes he talked to your sister. In fact, he was kind enough to leave her name out of the story, which is more than you've done.

 

Why don't you clarify what is false in the story?

DANNY
DANNY

@ A PISSED OFF FRIEND, MAYBE YOU NEED TO KNOW WHAT YOUR SAYING BEFORE YOU RUN YOUR MOUTH, WHAT KIND OF MOTHER REFUSES HER INFANT BABY HER FLUIDS, FEEED TUBE ECT, SHE DID. I WAS WELL ACTIVE IN THIS CASE AND I CANNOT BELIEVE YOU PEOPLE GET ON HERE AND LIE. SHE HAS CHANGED HER STORY MORE THEN ANYTHING AND NOTHING ADDS UP SO STOP LYING AND BE HONEST. ON JULY 4TH WHY DID SHE LEAVE THE HOSPITAL ALL DAY TO GO AND EAT/PARTY ECT...... LEFT MARQUIS SIDE OF THE FAMILY IN THE ROOM UNTIL SHE BANNED THEM FROM SEEING THE BABY. THEN THE DAY BEFORE FAMILY COURT THE BABY DIES WHILE MOM IS IN ROOM BUT WAS TRYING TO MAKE A RECOVERY BUT COULDNT BECAUSE MOM IS A SELFISH BITCH. YOU SOUND VERY CONCERN ABOUT YOUR MOTHER BS, THE SAME LADY YOU CUSSED OUT AT THE HOSPITAL WHILE YOU BABY WAS IN ICU, SHE HIT YOU WITH THAT CANE REMEMBER THAT....... YOUR A WEAK ASS WOMEN AND YOU SHOULD BE CHARGED BECAUSE YOU LET THAT BABY SUFFER AND DID NOTHING ABOUT IT. YOUR GHETTO, YOUR SISTER JELLY OR JELLO IS A HOOD RAT AND THE REST PETHIC.

Kevin
Kevin

@A Pissed off friend I know these people personally. Allegedly, they had a fight a few weeks prior to this incident. During the argument she was screaming, "you take the baby, i dont want her anymore". When i first heard the story I thought marquis was covering up for her. After further thought, he probably did do the shit. Fuck Marquis.

samaragraham
samaragraham

@felizpieceofmind @felizpieceofmind @felizpieceofmind lowlife

felizpieceofmind
felizpieceofmind

 @Sunshine

 He wouldn't let me hold her when I came home from seeing my sick mother, I thought she was sleeping, what was I suppose to do wake her and startled her, then beat the shyt out of him and go to jail while she was dying.

felizpieceofmind
felizpieceofmind

 @AnonymousI also knew the Century Theater Killer, he was one of my med students I gave private loans too...should I be acussed of knowing of his crimes too?

 

DANNY
DANNY

YOU WASNT WITH YOUR MOTHER YOU FAKE HOE

Sadstory
Sadstory

I am sure you wished that you could have done things different.  This time it just cost a life.  I am sorry for your loss but if he ever once treated you like that or you had a feeling that he could do something close to that he should have never been left alone with poor baby.  This is heartbreaking.  I wonder if he was on drugs.

 

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