OELWEIN | Bond has been set at $130,000 for drug charges levied against the mother of one of two young cousins abducted in Evansdale in 2012.
Misty June Marie Cook Morrissey, 36, questioned the high amount in a brief exchange with Magistrate John Sullivan during her initial appearance Tuesday in Oelwein.
“Why do you have to set it so high that I can’t get out and take care of some of my affairs?” she asked.
Sullivan, who said he found probable cause for the charges, let the bond stand.
Misty Morrissey is the mother of Lyric Cook Morrissey, who disappeared July 13, 2012, while riding her bike with her cousin, Elizabeth Collins. Their bodies were found in December 2012 in a rural wildlife refuge in Bremer County, and no arrests have been made in their deaths.
On Tuesday, Misty Morrissey told the court that her co-defendant, 25-year-old Todd Michael Henriksen, had nothing to do with the drug allegations. She said she had asked Henriksen to come over to work on a tattoo, and he was caught at the wrong place at the wrong time.
“I just want to say these charges don’t belong on Todd. He didn’t have anything to do with any of this,” Misty Morrissey said.
On Tuesday, Henriksen sat quietly during the proceeding. Sullivan set his bond at $55,000.
Both hid from media under orange jail-issue hoodies. At one point Henriksen looked around and asked reporters if they were hungry.
“I’d kill for a Mountain Dew right now,” Henriksen said as his tattooed hands fidgeted with cuffs.
Fayette County Sheriff Martin Fisher said the drug charges aren't related to the investigation into the cousins' disappearance and deaths.
West Union police and Fayette County deputies arrested the two after searching their home Monday, according to the sheriff’s office. At the time of the arrest, Misty Morrissey had been out of court supervision for less than a year.
Both Morrissy and Henriksen are formerly of Waterloo and had moved to West Union months ago, said Sheriff Martin Fisher.
According to deputies, officers were investigating information about the possible sale of methamphetamine and marijuana in recent months. During Monday’s search, they found a large amount of cash, drugs, digital scales and packaging material. Fisher said there was only evidence of sales and possession and not manufacturing.
Morrissey was arrested on two counts of delivery crystal meth, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, ongoing criminal conduct possession of drug paraphernalia. If she is convicted on all counts could serve up to 50 years in prison.
Henriksen was arrested for delivery of a crystal meth, possession with intent to deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. If convicted on all counts could face up to 15 years in prison.
Lyric's father, Daniel Eugene Morrissey, was sentenced to 90 years in prison on drug charges in September 2013.
Both parents have been struggling with legal entanglements stemming from drug charges that had roots before the cousins' disappearance.
At the time of the girls went missing, Daniel Morrissey was awaiting trial for meth and domestic abuse charges claiming he assaulted Misty. He was schedule to plead guilty the day before the disappearance but changed his mind, according to court records.
Within a month of the July 2013 abduction, authorities had the father, who was out on bond, placed on pretrial supervision. They also modified a restraining order -- connected to the domestic case -- to allow Daniel and Misty Morrissey to contact each other as part of the missing persons investigation.
Daniel Morrissey tested positive for meth and marijuana in September 2012, and he entered inpatient treatment. But by February, corrections staff decided his failed drug tests -- coupled with missed appointments with his probation officer -- warranted arrest, and he was taken into custody.
Authorities filed new charges against him in March 2013, alleging he continued to be involved with drugs in December after the bodies of his daughter a niece were discovered. He ultimately pleaded guilty to both sets of drugs charges and a lesser assault charge in the domestic case.
He is currently housed at the Newton Correctional Facility.
At the time of the disappearance, Misty Morrissey was on federal supervised release stemming from a 2003 meth ring that operated out of a former welding company. She was released from prison in 2006. In 2009, she was ordered to the Waterloo Residential Facility as condition of her probation.
In 2011, she was ordered back to prison for five months, and a year was added to her supervised release following allegations of further drug use.
Months after the disappearance, federal authorities apparently became concerned about Misty Morrissey again. Probation officials drew up documents alleging violations of her supervised release in November 2012, but days later authorities withdrew the petition, which remains sealed.
The following month, she asked the court for an early end to her supervision, but a judge turned down the request. She finally discharged release on Jan. 30, 2013, and was free of the case.
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