Underage victim's mother testifies in Morales rape trial

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 1:49pm

Jurors Tuesday heard witness testimony for the second day in the trial of Mauricio Alberto Morales, who is charged with raping an 10-year-old Nashville girl in 2009.

Morales' attorney, Joseph Davidow, questioned why the mother waited roughly six hours after she learned of the attack before reporting it. The victim's mother said at first it was unclear whether her daughter had just had a nightmare or the attack actually happened. After the mother determined her daughter had been attacked, she said she bagged up the clothing and bedding her daughter had worn and slept on.

The father of the victim also said his daughter thought a man had been in her room the previous night but wasn't sure if it was just a nightmare.

Assistant District Attorney Roger Moore said he expected to call various other witnesses Tuesday afternoon, including detectives and DNA experts. Moore said he hoped the case would be turned over to the jury sometime Wednesday morning. Attempts to contact Morales' attorney were not immediately successful. 

The victim took the stand on Monday, identifying Morales as the man who raped her last April, after allegedly entering her mother's south Nashville townhome through a ground floor window.

Morales was arrested in Texas after he was found hiding in his sister's attic and charged in three seperate cases. He's currently on trial for three counts of rape of a child and one count each of aggravated burglary and aggravated sexual battery. 

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5 Comments on this post:

By: idgaf on 3/2/10 at 12:59

Pity cutting it off is not an option.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/2/10 at 1:58

how about it! i can't believe the 10 year old took the stand. that's one brave little girl.

By: BEOWULF on 3/3/10 at 7:22

BEOWULF: OK, jurists! It's time to wake up & smell the sewer snipe found cowering in the attic. A very brave little girl needs JUSTICE. Don't give a repeat performance like the one in CA - Junk Justice got a 17 yr old a muddy grave. Morales SHOULD be floated across the Rio Grande in a pine box.

By: robertmack on 3/3/10 at 8:06

AMEN to BEOWULF. Not Only This Scum but also a lot of other illegals.

By: sidneyames on 3/3/10 at 9:28

By: idgaf on 3/2/10 at 12:59
Pity cutting it off is not an option.

Castration should be a mandatory option in the case of child rape. Yeah, Beowulf, you are correct. That young woman in CA would not be dead if the perp had gotten a maximum sentence.

I mean, if a person rapes one child or person, who's to say they will never rape again? No one.