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Former news anchor seeks protective order change

Published 2:00 pm, Tuesday, July 15, 2014
  • Robert Morrison was arrested June 16 after calling his estranged wife more than 100 times in a single day, which violated an in-place protective order. Photo: Contributed Photo, © Darien Police Department / Darien News Contributed
    Robert Morrison was arrested June 16 after calling his estranged wife more than 100 times in a single day, which violated an in-place protective order. Photo: Contributed Photo, © Darien Police Department

 

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An attorney for Rob Morrison asked that a protective order be altered to allow the former CBS Channel 2 news anchor to call his estranged wife to contact his 9-year-old son.

"He needs something in place to allow him to reach his son," attorney Frank DiScala said at a hearing Tuesday at Stamford Superior Court. The protective order in place forbids Morrison from contacting his wife, but does not extend to his son.

Morrison was arrested by Darien police June 16 on a charge of violating the protective order by reportedly calling his estranged wife more than 100 times over a three-day period in May.

Past threatening and breach of peace charges against Morrison were dropped in April after he completed a 26-week program for people involved in family violence. The protective order police said he violated, which was less-restrictive than the one currently in place, stems from the February 2013 arrest. Morrison was arrested on Feb. 17, 2013, after police said he choked his wife following a domestic dispute.

According to DiScala, Ashley Morrison went to Florida with the couple's son around the time of Morrison's May arrest. Though there was an agreed-upon time for a FaceTime call between Morrison and his son, he has not been able to speak to him.

DiScala asked Judge Thomas Colin to allow Morrison to call his wife once a day to speak with his son.

No decision was made regarding the alteration of the protective order and the case was continued to Aug. 19.

According to the arrest affidavit, Ashley Morrison showed up at Darien police headquarters over Memorial Day weekend "physically shaking" and "in a very fragile state" to report that her husband had been repeatedly violating the protective order issued by a Stamford Superior Court judge in 2013.

A subsequent search of Rob Morrison's cellphone records indicated that over the course of the holiday weekend, he placed 121 calls to his wife's cell and home phones. Most of the calls were made on May 25 -- the day Ashley Morrison went to the police station -- when he allegedly called 109 times and "would hang up and call right back for approximately 14 hours," police said.

Ashley Morrison told police she believed Rob Morrison would kill her if she had him arrested, according to the affidavit.

Morrison told reporters following his June 17 arraignment that an argument started between him and his estranged wife about moving, during which time she told him to leave the house.

Morrison said his wife then cut off communication, frustrating his efforts to talk to his son.

Morrison said he didn't threatened his wife and had no idea why she would tell police that she thought he would kill her.

mspicer@bcnnew.com; 203-330-6583; @Meg_DarienNews