17 March 2020
 Major James C. Michael
 Troop F Commander


On March 16, 2020 at approximately 12:57 a.m., troopers from SP Highland and SP Kingston responded to Indiana Street in the town of Esopus for a reported 911 hang up call. Upon arrival troopers observed 62 year old victim Beverly Friedman with injuries to her face. An interview was conducted with son, Paul Morris, age 31 of Esopus. Morris stated that his mother suffers from extensive ailments and is on multiple medications which causes her to pass out.  Ms. Friedman was transported to Kingston Hospital by EMS personnel. 

While at the hospital Ms. Friedman told troopers that her son assaulted her inside the residence by striking her and kicking her in the ribs. She further stated this incident occurred earlier in the evening on March 15, 2020. She was transported from Kingston Hospital to Westchester Hospital where she is currently listed in stable condition with a numerous injuries.

Paul Morris was arrested for Assault 2nd degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Disabled Person 1st degree, both felonies. He was arraigned at the Town of Esopus Court and remanded to Ulster County Jail on $20,000 partially secured bond, $10,000 secured bond, and $5,000 cash with a future return date set to 3/18/20 at 9:30 a.m. at Ulster County Court. Full stay away Order of Protection served to Morris. 


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