Cops probed ‘physical incident’ involving another child at Scottie Morris’ home months before he ran away
EATON, INDIANA: Police officers reportedly responded to a “physical incident” involving another child at the home of Indiana teen Scottie Morris just months before the latter ran away and sparked a major manhunt across the state. New records reportedly reveal that authorities from Eaton Police Department visited the Morris family home five months before the teen went missing on March 16 to conduct a welfare check on another child living at the property.
Officers reportedly arrived at the home located along East Indiana Avenue on September 20, 2022, at the request of DCS to investigate a “possible physical incident” involving a teenage girl and boy, The US Sun reported. Days before the welfare check, Morris’ mother, Felicia, reportedly had a “sex talk” with the teenage girl when the latter started to cry and told her about an alleged incident that happened in June 2021 involving the stepson of another relative. John Brooke, the attorney for the town of Eaton, confirmed that this incident did not concern Morris.
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What was the ‘physical incident’ report about?
As per official reports, the unnamed teenage girl told Felicia that she had been hanging out with the teenage boy in front of a computer when the latter started typing words into Google and showing her the results. He then began “blackmailing her into kissing him, hugging him, and laying on top of him,” the report mentioned. “[The girl] stated to Felicia it made her feel uncomfortable and she begin [sic] to follow her mother around the house to get away from [the boy],” it continued. The boy then called for his stepfather to pick him up and left without saying goodbye, Felicia told police.
The latter shared she thought nothing of it at the time and considered it teenage angst. Meanwhile, the girl said she allegedly kept the incident a secret for more than a year before deciding to tell Felicia. The teen told her that both she and the boy were fully clothed throughout the incident and said that there was no “touching of bare genitals, penetration, or sexual acts.” Felicia contacted the teenage boy to confront him about the incident but he allegedly told her “I don't know what your [sic] talking about over and over and would hang up on her,” the report mentioned.
Felicia then spoke with the boy's stepfather, who “did not believe her and insinuated that [the girl] was lying.” Police refused to pursue the incident further, The Sun reported. Officer Andrew Storie, who attended the case, reportedly said, “I spoke with Brian Morris [Scottie’s dad] on the phone and advised him I was doing a report to document the incident.” He added, “I advised Brian at this point, there is nothing police-wise that can be done, it's more so [the boy's] parents being parents and how they raise him.” The officer concluded, “I attempted to reach out to [the boy's] mother [...] and was unable to reach her after several attempts.”
Where is Scottie Morris now?
Morris made headlines last month after he went missing from his home wearing a strange t-shirt with the words “I’m a liar” and “I hurt my lil' brother” written across it in black. The 14-year-old was initially reported to be in “extreme danger” and a statewide silver alert was issued as part of the search investigation. The boy remained missing for over a week and officers reported that he allegedly ran away after getting punished by his parents. Morris was ultimately found by his mom while she was driving to pick his sister up from work on March 24. The teen was seen wearing the same clothes he left home in but it is not known where he stayed during his disappearance.
Eaton PD also said there was no evidence to suggest that the runaway teen was “assisted by anyone while he was gone.” Morris was eventually taken to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie for a health checkup. The following morning he was placed into another home and authorities announced that officers with the Indiana Department of Child Services were in communication with him. The teen then returned to his own house. His aunt, Melissa Morris, confirmed that the teen was home “safe and loved.” Not much has been shared in the weeks since Morris was found but the case is currently being investigated by the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS), who have refrained to provide major details, The Sun reported.