Slain girl's mom to remain on supervised probation

Misty Morrissey, mom of Lyric Cook, sought release to prepare for funeral

WATERLOO - A federal judge has turned down a request to end the supervised release of one of the mothers of the two young missing cousins whose bodies were found last week.

Misty Morrissey, 35, also known as Misty Cook, the mother of Lyric Cook-Morrissey, has been under supervision in connection with a 2003 methamphetamine conviction since she was released from prison in 2006. The supervised stint is scheduled to end Jan. 30, 2013.

Lyric and her cousin, Elizabeth Collins, disappeared while riding their bikes in Evansdale July 13. After the girls' bodies were discovered last month in rural Bremer County, Morrissey's defense attorney asked the court to end the supervision a month and a half early - or relax the restrictions - to allow the mother to prepare for Lyric's funeral.

Morrissey has been living at the Waterloo Residential Facility, also known at the Residential Re-entry Center, since Aug. 23 as a special condition of her release.

"Misty Cook has been allowed to leave the center for scheduled events related to the loss of her daughter and niece, but she has not been permitted additional, extended furloughs to spend time with her family," public defender Jane Kelly wrote in a motion filed Friday in U.S. District Court. "As a result, Misty Cook feels she has not been given the opportunity to grieve fully for her loss or to seek support as she needs it from her family, friends and community."

Kelly wrote that Morrissey isn't able to devote sufficient time and attention to the task of planning the funeral and memorial service while housed at the facility. She asked that her client be allowed to live with her mother.

The defense attorney noted that Morrissey had some difficult times while on supervision but has done well at the center and has continued to hold a job.

Court records show that prosecutors attempted to revoke Morrissey's release in November but then withdrew the request. Records connected with the request are sealed.

On Monday, Chief Judge Linda Reade denied the request, writing Morrissey "is instructed to continue to work with her supervising probation officer to achieve the goals of supervision."


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