Slain Iowa girl’s dad faces new drug charges
WATERLOO (AP) — The father of one of two Iowa cousins found dead following their disappearance last summer is facing new drug charges.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports 36-year-old Daniel Morrissey of Waterloo is charged with trying to make methamphetamine and possessing simulated meth sometime between Dec. 1 and his Feb. 11 arrest for failing to comply with conditions of his pre-trial release.
Morrissey tested positive in February for methamphetamine and marijuana while he was awaiting trial. He also missed appointments with his pre-trial officer.
Prosecutors did not offer many details of the new drug charges.
Morrissey’s daughter, Lyric Cook, disappeared with her cousin, Elizabeth Collins, while riding bikes in Evansdale last July. Their bodies were found in a remote, wooded area 25 miles away in December.
Police continue to investigate their apparent kidnapping and slaying of the girls, and no one has been charged or named as a suspect.
Morrissey has denied any involvement.
Morrissey pleaded guilty to seven meth and marijuana felonies earlier this month, so he’s already facing significant prison time. Morrissey said he was tired of fighting those charges and wanted to take responsibility.
Morrissey made an initial appearance on the new charges Friday. He could receive an enhanced sentence on the new charges because of his record.
Morrissey remains jailed while awaiting his May 13 sentencing on the charges he pleaded guilty to and is awaiting additional hearings on the new charges.