A woman in Cumberland County has been charged with criminal homicide more than a month after the death of her boyfriend, who police say she stabbed in the thigh.
Alison Morris, 24, had previously only been charged with reckless endangerment in the case, despite the death of 36-year-old Ryan Young the same day he was stabbed.
Police said officers were sent to the couple’s home in the 1000 block of Nanroc Drive around 7 p.m. on October 26 for a report of a stabbing. Morris stabbed Young in a “marital dispute” and was taken into custody.
Young died later that evening at Geisinger Holy Spirit Hospital.
Court records showed Morris said the two were arguing on the night of the stabbing and that she used the bathroom to spend time alone.
It was when Young went to the bathroom that she put both of her hands in the air, ultimately stabbing Young with a kitchen knife she had in the bathroom with her, according to court records.
Young’s friends and family immediately called for more severe charges than the misdemeanor, with Young’s sister saying she knew that Morris was abusive in the relationship and that it was not a case of self-defense.
A sister said there were times when Young called his mother crying because he said Morris was getting aggressive and threatening her life.
the family and friends staged a protest in early November, to demand justice for Young.
Along with the homicide charge, Morris is also charged with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment.
Due to the seriousness of the charges, Morris was denied bail and is being held in Cumberland County Jail, according to online court records.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 4.
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