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Topic - Lori Townes
ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) — Brandon T. Morris' slide toward death row began with his birth to a teenage mother into a world of violence, sexual abuse, drugs and pervasive crime, a social worker testified at his sentencing yesterday.
When Morris was 12 or 13, the family moved outside the city to Woodlawn, where Morris befriended an older boy, who apparently raped him, Miss Townes said.
Sleeping sometimes on the street, sometimes at home and sometimes at his maternal grandmother's house, Morris completed ninth grade before making his way to the Newport News, Va., area where he lived with his incarcerated father's pot-smoking girlfriend before committing a number of offenses at 15 that resulted in detention, Miss Townes said.