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'A Promise To Carolyn' true story of Carolyn McMorris-Colleen Parker

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"A Promise To Carolyn" is a true-story movie that is based on the murder of Carolyn McMorris, a baby who was killed by her stepmother Colleen Parker. The true-crime movie first aired on CBS in January 1996 as a Tuesday night movie of the week, according to TV Tango.

"A Promise To Carolyn" is directed by Jerry London and written by Scott Swanton. The cast stars: Shirley Knight and Delta Burke.

"A Promise To Carolyn" synopsis/plot

Two sisters want justice for their baby sister, who they say died at the hands of their evil stepmother. After the women convince the police to reopen the case, they find that a second autopsy confirms the baby was beaten to death.

Movie themes: justice, murder, cold case, evil step mother and child abuse

The true story that inspired the movie involves the case of Carolyn McMorris, a baby girl who police now say was beaten and killed by stepmother Colleen Parker. The Lubbock murder case was reopened after two sisters Kay Clark and Deborah Callerman convinced authorities to take another look at the case. The murder happened in Texas in the 1950's.

You can read up on the case at Traciy Curry-Reyes' blog about the murder. At that site, entitled " A Promise To Carolyn Movie," several family members are still arguing about the case.