Father of girl abducted in Evansdale arrested

Authorities say Morrissey failed to keep appointments with probation officer, used drugs

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The father of one of the abducted cousins has been arrested for failing to keep appointments with a pre-trial probation officer and allegedly using drugs.

Daniel Morrissey, 36, father of Lyric Cook-Morrissey, who disappeared in July and was found dead in December, has been on supervised release pending drug and domestic assault trials from incidents in 2011.

Court records allege he failed to comply with conditions of his release, and on Monday, he was arrested by Waterloo police.

“The defendant has struggled since his release from custody,” a Department of Correctional Services officer wrote in a report submitted to the court Monday. “Much of his days were consumed with the whereabouts and safety of his daughter."

The report indicates Morrissey tested positive for meth and marijuana as recently as Feb. 4. He disputed the results, and the test was sent to a lab for confirmation.

“Based on the fact the defendant continues to involve himself in drug use while pending charges involving manufacturing and delivering drugs, he should be considered a danger to the community and himself,” the report stated.

The report said Morrissey “sporadically” attended drug and mental health treatment classes, which were part of the release agreement, and sometimes failed to check in with his pre-trial release officer, court records state.

Morrissey was given the option of going to treatment or jail when he tested positive for meth and marijuana in September, and he entered inpatient treatment at Pathways. He finished inpatient on Oct. 24, but allegedly failed to attend follow-up appointments.

Shortly after the remains of his daughter and her cousin, Elizabeth Collins, were found at Seven Bridges Wildlife area on Dec. 5, Morrissey entered the Allen Hospital mental health facility to help him deal with the death, records state.

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