Warning Signs Of Violence: Teenage Victim Speaks Of Alleged Abuse

At just 17 years old, Millard North junior Morgan Moreno is recovering from an alleged beating. The pictures of her injuries are hard to look at.

"He hit me at least eight times, but mostly on this side of the face." She said she was attacked May 2nd by her on-again, off-again boyfriend, also 17. Looking back on it now, she admits there were signs.

Morgan's mother, Lisa Books, said at first the boyfriend seemed nice. "And then I started noticing there would be a lot of times if I would say something to Morgan, he would interject or he would speak for her."

The signs continued to show. Books said she witnessed his flaring temper towards his parents one evening. Other times, Morgan said he would hit walls in frustration and Books said he would shower Morgan with gifts after any argument. Books said she would talk with Morgan.

"I would say Morgan, I don't think this is a healthy relationship for either one of you, don't you think you could back off of it a little bit?" And while it seemed like Morgan tried to stay away, Books said the boy kept showing up and sending messages. "She had told me the week before, mom he is not going to stop, he is never going to leave me alone."

Books recalled when Morgan called her after the alleged abuse. "She said he got me tonight, mom."

As a domestic violence survivor herself, this was Books worst nightmare. "Everything I had been through in the past, it just came, it just comes flooding back through."

This mother said domestic violence wasn't something she ever thought a 17-year old would experience. "I mean at 17 you are supposed to be having fun, I mean it's high school." The truth is domestic violence can happen at any age.

WOWT 6 News chose not to name the boy, who was arrested for felony domestic violence, making terroristic threats and domestic violence misdemeanor assault as a juvenile. Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said Tuesday after review of the case, the assault charge was bumped up to an adult charge.


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