Cory Morris faces 40 years in prison if convicted.
According to a statement from Freeman’s office, ambulance personnel and police were dispatched to Morris’ home on Sunday afternoon and found the lifeless body of his infant daughter, Emersyn.
Soon after they had arrived, Morris told emergency responders he’d struck the baby with a closed fist multiple times, Freeman’s statement alleges.
Emersyn was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center. Police say the infant had severe bruising and swelling to her face and chest. She died from blunt force trauma, according to Freeman’s statement.