More evaluation for Topsfield man

NEWBURYPORT — A 27-year-old Topsfield man arrested last month after police found a small arsenal and a large pressure cooker, like those used in the Boston Marathon bombings, in his home has been ordered to undergo a further mental health evaluation at Bridgewater State Hospital.

Daniel Morley was ordered by a judge to remain at the psychiatric hospital for “further commitment and evaluation,” according to a spokeswoman for Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett.


The judge set a status hearing for Aug. 15, said spokeswoman Carrie Kimball Monahan.

Morley, a technician who had been working in the division of comparative medicine at MIT for seven years, was arrested June 9 after he allegedly attacked his mother and her boyfriend and threatened to blow up an airplane.

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In addition to the pressure cooker, police found ball bearings and fertilizer, a shotgun and pistol, hundreds of rounds of high-caliber ammunition, swords, knives, and anti-
Semitic and antigovernment literature, according to court records.

“I’m sorry for what I have done . . . and I will have to answer only to God,” he told his mother, according to the court records.

Robert LeBlanc, a Methuen lawyer representing Morley, said earlier this week that his client had suffered a psychotic break from reality after failing to take medication.


LeBlanc said Thursday at the courthouse that he has not yet met with Morley for fear of interrupting his care at the hospital, a medium-security health facility operated by the Department of Correction.

“I don’t want to disrupt the treatment,” said LeBlanc, adding that his primary concern is Morley’s mental health.

He called Morley “very smart” and said he has a high IQ.

LeBlanc said he does not expect his client to appear in court for the August hearing.

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