Sunday, April 26, 2015

Dad punches out car window to hit mom, driving glass into eye of 4-year-old son (Fargo, North Dakota)

Dad is identified as TYLER JACOB LEITCH.

Fargo father accused of child abuse after punching window, injuring boy
By Forum staff reports on Apr 23, 2015 at 5:38 p.m.

FARGO - A Fargo father is accused of felony child abuse after allegedly punching a car window near his partner’s head, shattering it and driving glass into the eye of their 4-year-old son nearby.

Tyler Jacob Leitch, 34, was charged Wednesday in Cass County District Court with one count of Class B felony abuse or neglect of a child, and one count each of criminal mischief and domestic assault, both Class B misdemeanors.

Court documents say police were called to the scene of a domestic dispute Feb. 26 in the 300 block of 16th Street South, where a witness told them she picked up her friend, Leitch’s girlfriend, and the couple’s two children.

The girlfriend told police Leitch had been walking in the area, and after an argument between the couple, he punched the window where his girlfriend was sitting, shattering it, and then hitting her on the cheek with his hand.

A piece of glass went into their son’s eye, which was cut and bleeding, the girlfriend said.

A warrant was issued for Leitch on Wednesday.

Drunk dad charged with manslaughter for abandoning 2-year-old son in hot car (Phoenix, Arizona)

Dad is identified as JAMES KORYOR.

Father Charged In Death of Toddler Abandoned in Hot Car

Posted by Angela Wilson on Apr 23, 2015

A Phoenix, Arizona father was arrested for manslaughter and child abuse when he abandoned his 2-year-old son in a hot car where the toddler later died.

James Koryor, 41, was taken into custody Tuesday when officials discovered he ran to the liquor store with his toddler, bought a bottle of gin, drank it on the way home and fell asleep inside his house.

The child, identified as Alpha Koryor, was left behind in the car. Detectives found signs that he had desperately struggled to escape the vehicle, which didn’t have any car seats, before dying in 90 degree temperatures.

Koryor was supposed to take his 2-year-old boy, along with his 5-year-old son, to get haircuts. The older son either got out of the vehicle by himself or was taken inside by his father, police spokesman Sgt. Trent Crump said. Family members asked where his little brother was, and he said the child was asleep, Crump said.

The mother was inside the home, studying, before finding her son’s body around 4 p.m., when she went to drive to class. Neighbors said they heard weeping and wailing from the family’s driveway.

Koryor sobbed uncontrollably in court when bond was set at $50,000. Prosecutors requested an increased bail, considering Koryor a flight risk, due to Koryor’s strong ties to the Ivory Coast, Liberia and Ghana.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Dad kills 9-year-old son, 6-year-old daughter despite order of protection, supervised visitation (New Zealand)

Lots of crocodile tears here by moronic officials who refused to act on any number of red flag, refused to look at all the evidence, ignored the mother's concerns, and thus allowed two kids be viciously murdered by their father.

Dad is identified as EDWARD LIVINGSTONE.

Killer dad Edward Livingstone 'high risk'

A Dunedin inquest into the deaths of the Livingstone children has ended with top officials fighting back tears.

Bradley, 9, and his sister Ellen, 6, were shot dead by Livingstone at their home in the Dunedin suburb of St Leonards, shortly before 10pm on January 15 last year.

Livingstone, 51, was later found dead in the front bedroom of the house at 9 Kiwi St. A shotgun lay next to him.

He left a final note at his flat before the killings.

Katharine Webb, Livingstone's former wife and the mother of Bradley and Ellen, was the first of 18 witnesses called to give evidence at an inquest into the three deaths, which began on Tuesday in Dunedin.

She escaped the shooting unharmed.


Chief Coroner Deborah Marshall on Friday closed the inquest and reserved her decision.

She thanked Katharine Webb for her quiet dignity.

It reminded everyone "how much you have suffered", Marshall said, voice breaking.

Shortly before, Southern District Commander Andrew Coster underlined the emotional weight of the inquiry by also fighting back tears as he defended the police performance under a grilling from Webb's lawyer Anne Stevens. Police were "totally committed" to do better but "we can't change what happened", he said.

Coster said he had moved to close the cracks the Livingstone case had highlighted and more resources had been allocated to family violence in the district.

Police received 2000 family violence reports per year just in its Dunedin office.

Coster said if Livingstone's convictions in Australia from 1988 (arson and assault) had been known to the court dealing with his protection order breach, it was still questionable whether it would have made a difference.

At the time of the hearing, police still needed to know more about the convictions and the circumstances.

He said the information had come from a cell interview for intelligence purposes and entered into the police intelligence system..

If the officer he had known more detail about the case, it might have been an error not to have taken further action. In a best case scenario, a family violence meeting co-ordinator would have noticed the new information and followed it up.

The police prosecutor who opposed a discharge without conviction for Livingstone's second breach of his protection order could have sought an adjournment to investigate further his convictions in Australia.

"It's most likely it would have been granted."

Two constables who attended an incident at Livingstone's house on August 7 and were handed empty bullet shells which Livingstone had given his children, should have recorded it.

"It was a very significant matter and staff did not attach sufficient weight to it."

The fact police did not investigate a rape allegation by Webb was a failure and too much reliance was placed on Webb's desire not to take it further.

Police and other agencies did have a level of awareness of risk factors in the case and "there were a lot of things in place that led this group to believe the case was well managed."

Nothing of great significance suggested an major escalation of risk, he said.

"But if the police had taken ownership of the rape there is a distinct possibility we would not be here?" Stevens said.

Police would have needed a reliable confession from Livingstone to proceed with a prosecution if his wife did not want to pursue charges.

"I accept if convicted he would be in custody."

He agreed complainants could change their mind. Webb had engaged with Women's Refuge, she had a protection order, Livingstone had engaged with Emergency Psychiatric Services and the children were in a programme.

He was not sure much more could have been done.

"You can't make the right call in every instance."

Even if Livingstone had not received a discharge without conviction, he would almost certainly not have gone to prison, Coster said.

But each little step made here ultimately affected the outcome, Stevens said. Coster said it was unfair to assume outcomes would have been different if the case was handled better.

In other evidence, Mel Foot, who lived next door to the Livingstone house, remained adamant she had telephoned police in August to tell them about a threat Livingstone made to kill his family with an axe.

She had also told two constables who attended an incident at the Livingstone house on August 7.

"I'd warned everybody but nobody listened."

Coster said police were unable to verify Foot's claim.


On Friday, former Dunedin probation officer Liqueshia Dougherty told the inquest she was briefed about Livingstone at an inter-agency family violence meeting about a week after he had breached a protection order on August 6, 2013, preventing him from contacting Webb.

The meeting was attended by several agencies including Police, Corrections, Child, Youth and Family and Women's Refuge. Dougherty noted on a document that she was told Livingstone was considered "high risk" and had narcissistic personality disorder, a high sense of entitlement and refused to accept his relationship with Webb was over.

She also noted that he had given his children bullet casings at a supervised visit as a "message for her [Webb]".

It was brought to her attention that Livingstone worked at Otago Correctional Facility and she made a note so she could pass it on to management at the prison.

"At the time it seemed like I was the only person in the room that wasn't aware of the information.

"Everybody seemed quite concerned. People felt there was more underneath it."

Dougherty said the reference to the bullet casings made her particularly concerned.

She did not recall knowing anything about an allegation that Livingstone had raped Webb.

Minutes of the meeting noted there had been two family violence incidents involving Livingstone and Webb, most recently on May 27.

They also noted that Livingstone had mental health issues and Women's Refuge was working closely with Webb who had written about wanting to end her relationship.

Livingstone's name was added to a high risk register.

People on that register were "kept a closer eye on", Dougherty said.

It indicated an issue that needed more intervention.

  There were 31 new family violence related matters discussed at the meeting.


* Katharine Webb said Edward Livingstone raped her in May 2013 shortly before they separated. She did not pursue charges because she wanted to focus on getting out of the house and keeping her children safe. She knew where to go for help if needed.

* In 2013, Livingstone twice (August 6-7 and September 14) breached a protection order preventing him from contacting Webb in the months before the shooting. He obtained police diversion on one charge and a discharge without conviction on the other.

* Livingstone had an historic conviction for arson in Australia dating back to 1988. The court heard he set fire to his former fiance's home after coming home to find her in bed with another man.

* Livingstone gave bullet casings to his children during a supervised visit after he separated from Webb.

* Livingstone told associates he had thoughts about killing his family and himself in the months before the shooting. Livingstone's neighbour Mel Foot said she contacted police in August 2013 and told them that Livingstone had talked about killing his family. Foot alleged the complaint was never followed up by police.

* Psychiatrist Christopher Wisely was unaware of Livingstone's historic conviction for arson or the incident involving the bullet casings. If Wisely had known it may have altered the risk assessment he gave to a judge at a sentencing hearing at Dunedin District Court on November 15, 2013, in relation to the second breach of the protection order. Livingstone was discharged without conviction.

* Police prosecutor Sergeant Kate Saxton said she was not fully aware of Livingstone's criminal offending in Australia at the time of the hearing. She could have sought an adjournment on the matter until she was sent all the information, but decided not to. Interpol sent her a copy of Livingstone's Australian criminal history on December 9. Saxton conceded that the information could have altered the outcome of the sentencing.

* Saxton also told the court that Livingstone should not have received diversion for the first breach of the protection order. Diversion was not available for breaching a court order, she said.

* Wisely said Edward Livingstone sourced the shotgun used in the shooting from a former flatmate's home. The flatmate did not know Livingstone had taken the gun until police came to his home after the shooting.


* Southern District Commander Andrew Coster said police had failed to pick up red flags in the case and the Criminal Investigation Branch should have investigated an allegation, admitted by Livingstone, that he had brutally raped his wife Katharine in May, 2013. The police effort was well intentioned but inadequate and too much weight had been given to Katharine Webb's wishes. Livingstone should not have been considered eligible for diversion and police should have pursued the allegation despite the victim's desire not to pursue the allegation. Steps had been taken to address the failures, he said, with a specialist investigation unit set up.

* Detective Senior Sergeant Kallum Croudis, of the Dunedin police, admitted a series of significant failings by police staff who dealt with Livingstone and his family in the months before the shooting. Police had failed to follow-up in a timely way information Livingstone had an arson conviction in Australia. Bullet casings Livingstone gave to his children at a supervised visit and then handed to police should have been investigated.

* Livingstone drove to the Kiwi St property with a red fuel container full of petrol, a shotgun stolen from his former flatmate and ammunition. There were beers in the car, but blood tests would later show he was not over the legal limit. Livingstone entered the house through a side door using a key before shooting his children in their bedrooms.

* Police investigations showed Livingstone claimed he was abused at a boys' school in Sydney and had a violent father. His mother left the family when he was very young. He has a younger sister called Suzanne.

* Police received information, probably on August 8 last year, that Livingstone was harassing his former wife's neighbour by phone calls and text messages mainly wanting to know if his wife was still wearing her wedding ring. Police were also told Livingstone was sneaking around his former family home when his wife was at work. The informant (name suppressed) told police Livingstone was, "f...... nuts".

* The general practitioner treating Livingstone says she doubts the drugs she prescribed on May 16, 2013 (zyban and escitalopram) could have caused a psychotic episode leading him to rape his wife. He had not reported problems with past use of zyban. Livingstone's psychiatrist Chris Wisely believes Livingstone had an adverse reaction to the drugs that led to the rape his wife. The couple separated after the rape.


* Livingstone deceived his psychotherapist by not telling her fully about his past or the full details of the incidents relating to his first breach of a protection order. The psychotherapist, whose name is suppressed, did not seek details of the police case and provided a letter, which was later produced in court, saying she did not believe Livingstone was a violent man, despite knowing he had raped Webb. Livingstone once told the psychotherapist he was a "sex addict".

* Barnardos employee Rebecca Cadogan, who supervised five of Livingstone's six arranged visits with Bradley and Ellen, said she was not surprised to learn he had killed his children. Cadogan said she had seen Livingstone become very aggressive and dominating during one of the sessions and instinctively thought of him when she heard about the shooting.

* Former flatmate Philip Mans said Livingstone's drinking increased while they lived together to a point, in the months before the shooting, where he could hardly stand some evenings and went to bed very depressed. Livingstone stole the gun used in the shooting from Mans' locked gun safe. Mans said he felt Livingstone had deceived and manipulated him.

* Forensic psychiatrist Dr David Chaplow said a clinical review identified that elements of Livingstone's care were inadequate. The review's main finding was that information held by various clinicians about Livingstone could have been shared better. Collectively they failed to ascertain Livingstone's danger to Webb. He had deceived them. However, while Livingstone's care could have been better, the review found there was nothing clinicians could have done to change the end result.

* Mark Godwin, from the Department of Corrections, said during Livingstone's recruitment for a job at Otago Correctional Facility checks indicated he had no criminal convictions, nor did he declare any. If the department had been aware Livingstone had an historic conviction for arson in Australia he may not have been hired. In December 2013, Livingstone received a final warning from Corrections after he was was discharged without conviction for breaching a protection order. If Livingstone had been convicted he may have lost his job, Godwin said.

Coster said Mel Foot's claim she told the police on August 8, 2013, about Livingstone wanting to kill his family with an axe emerged through the media.

Police investigated the claim thoroughly but nothing was available to verify the claim.

Police had gone through the calls made by Foot from her telephone and she had accepted no call had been made to convey the information.

She now maintained she had told police in person when officers called at the address on August 7, Coster said..

However the officers had no recollection of that information and believed they would have recorded such a significant thing.

Coster said Mel Foot's claim she told the police on August 8, 2013, about Livingstone wanting to kill his family with an axe emerged through the media.

Police investigated the claim thoroughly but nothing was available to verify the claim.

Police had gone through the calls made by Foot from her telephone and she had accepted no call had been made to convey the information.

She now maintained she had told police in person when officers called at the address on August 7, Coster said..

However the officers had no recollection of that information and believed they would have recorded such a significant thing.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Dad charged with attempted 2nd-degree murder for attack on 6-week-old baby; mom loses custody though she was not at home (Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana)

Notice that even though the mother was not at home when Dad assaulted the baby, she has still lost custody. This is very typical. Mothers are very often held responsible for the crimes of others, even when they are not present or otherwise unable to intervene. However, the reverse is seldom true. A father can willingly and deliberately desert an abusive mother with a child, and he is virtually never held responsible for the consequences, either legally or morally.

Somewhat unusual touch here for a mainstream media article. We have pointed out before that shaking babies is a mostly male crime, mostly committed by fathers. All the studies on the matter have substantiated this. But that fact is usually swept under the rug with pleas to "parents" not to shake the baby. In fact, mothers are the LEAST likely shakers, while fathers are the MOST likely shakers.

Dad is identified as MARTY MICHAEL MARCEL.

Shaken baby off life support

By Maki Somosot Staff Writer
Published: Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 8:15 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 12:04 a.m.

An infant who the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office said was violently shaken by his father over a month ago has been removed from life support.

"He remains hospitalized in the recovery stage," sheriff's Maj. Malcolm Wolfe said.

Legal custody of the baby, who remains at the Children's Hospital in New Orleans, has been granted to the state Department of Child and Family Services instead of family members at this point, Wolfe added.

After initially being treated for severe brain damage at the Terrebonne General Medical Center in mid-March, the infant was transported to the Children's Hospital for additional treatment.

Medical officials in New Orleans filed a complaint with the Sheriff's Office when they determined the baby, who was 6 weeks old, suffered from brain bleeding and other injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome, Wolfe said.

The baby's father, Marty Michael Marcel, 26, of 1855 Bayou Blue Road, was arrested Mar. 19 on an attempted second-degree murder charge.

Marcel remains at the Terrebonne Parish jail on a $75,000 bond. Inflicting cruelty on a juvenile and the perceived severity of injury resulted in the charge, Wolfe said.

If convicted, Marcel faces up to 50 years in prison. Family members interviewed by detectives called Marcel "inexperienced" in caring for his newborn son while his wife was not home, Wolfe said.

According to a 1995 American Academy of Pediatrics paper, 37 percent of those who cause shaken baby syndrome are the biological father, 21 percent involve the mother's boyfriend. 17 percent are women caregivers, 13 percent are the biological mothers and 12 percent are classified as "other."

Dr. Randell Alexander, chief of the Child Protection and Forensic Pediatrics Division at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Jacksonville, said the majority of survivors often have impaired cognitive, visual and motor functions for the rest of their lives.

No information about the baby's long-term prognosis is available, officials said.

A representative from the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services declined to provide specifics about the case, but said the department is looking into suitable guardians for the child.

Assistant District Attorney Jason Dagate is reviewing Marcel's case before setting a date for his trial.

After being in dad's custody, 6-year-old boy tests positive for meth (Alamogordo, New Mexico)

Another one of those news articles that omits more than it includes. Just what was this little boy's "living situation"? Of course, they refuse to say. What do you mean by just "after being in the custody of his father"? That there was a court-ordered custody agreement here? An informal agreement? That Daddy was merely babysitting while Mom was at work? What?  

Of course by refusing to clarify these points, you raise other points. If in fact the father had court-ordered custody/visitation rights, then why was a man on probation for DWI given any unsupervised custody/visitation rights at all? And given that he has a meth addiction issue as well, we can only assume that this fact was ignored as well? What else was ignored? If this was court-ordered custody/visitation, who ordered it and who supported the decision?

If the mother had been living in the home, I suspect she would have been charged with failure to protect. The fact that she isn't--in fact she's not mentioned at all--speaks volumes.

Dad is identified as FREDDY PADILLA.

New Mexico dad charged after son tests positive for meth

Created: 04/18/2015 12:50 PM By: APNews Now

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — An Alamogordo father is facing a felony child abuse charge after his 6-year-old son tested positive for methamphetamine exposure.

Court documents say the boy tested positive after being in the custody of his father, 37-year-old Freddy Padilla. It wasn't immediately clear if Padilla had an attorney.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports ( Padilla was already jailed at the Otero County Detention Center for probation violation in an unrelated DWI case.

Police Detective Lt. Roger Schoolcraft says the department began investing possible abuse after receiving a report from state child welfare workers on the boy's living situation.

A sample of the boy's hair was tested. Police say the concentration of meth in the child's hair was consistent with a level that would be found in a recreational drug user's system.

Dad pleads guilty to 2nd-degree murder in death of 6-month-old son; sentenced to 15 years in prison (Vicksburg, Mississippi)

Dad is identified as JAMARO SMITH.

Father sentenced to 15 years in infant son's death

The Associated Press April 18, 2015

VICKSBURG, Miss. — A Vicksburg father has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for the shaking death of his infant son.

Circuit Judge Isadore Patrick sentenced 25-year-old Jamaro South during a hearing on Thursday. The Vicksburg Post reports ( ) that the victim was 6-month-old Jamaro Carter Jr., who died in 2013.

South pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder. State law requires that a sentence of at least 20 years be given for second-degree murder, but also allows a judge to suspend a portion of the sentence.

Patrick told South during the hearing that he does not believe South intended to kill the child.

South made no statements during the hearing.

Defense Attorney Chris Green asked Patrick to consider the death as manslaughter rather than a murder while considering sentencing. "We think the facts of this crime fit the constraints of manslaughter, but it also fits the confines of second-degree murder," Green said.

District Attorney Ricky Smith disagreed. "This child had two detached retinas. This child had subdural hematomas," Smith said. "This was not a brief loss of thought process by the defendant. This is in no way in nature manslaughter."

Smith and police have said South was alone with his infant son Dec. 14, 2013, when the boy was injured and later died of head injuries.

The child's mother has not made any statements in the case. Patrick said during the sentencing that he received a letter from her supporting South but the letter was not read publicly.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Custodial dad on trial for murder of 1-year-old son (Tarrant County, Texas)

Take notice of how many paragraphs have to be slogged through before it is revealed that abusive father WILLIE LOUIS JACKSON was CUSTODIAL.

Yes, the mother had committed a property crime (burglary), and her arrest made it impossible for her to care for her children. But by all accounts, the maternal grandmother was doing a fine job as a caretaker.

Yet as we know, Texas is a big fathers rights state, so of course Daddy's rights take precedence over everything else. And notice that Dad assumed custody of the child without any advance warning to the grandmother or her approval.

This murder is absolutely linked to the ascendance of fathers rights ideology, and the idea that any father--no matter how violent or demented--has "rights" that trump everyone else's, The opinions and wishes of mothers and grandmothers--the traditional and time-honored caregivers--mean nothing. The well-being of children means nothing. The fact that a baby boy who had already been traumatized by the loss of his mother was being forcibly shuffled off to yet another home--when he was doing well with his grandmother--means nothing.

The end result: Daddy's custodial "rights" directly result in the means and opportunity to fracture the skull of this baby and end his life.

For similar crimes in the Lone Star state, see the Killer Dads and Custody list for the state of Texas.

Doctors detail injuries in Conroe child abuse case

Mother testifies at Conroe fatal child abuse trial

Posted: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 10:34 pm

By Brandon K. Scott

Medical examiners who performed the autopsy of a 1-year-old boy who died from traumatic brain injuries while in his father’s custody detailed the child’s injuries in a Montgomery County courtroom Wednesday.

Medical examiners ruled LaMarcus Green’s death a homicide due to a recent skull fracture from blunt-force trauma.

His father, 24-year-old Willie Louis Jackson, is on trial this week on a first-degree felony injury to a child charge. Jackson faces up to 99 years in prison, if convicted.

Dr. Sara N. Doyle, a Harris County pathologist who performed the autopsy, said there were two separate incidents of blunt-force trauma in the child’s brain. The most recent injury, examiners testified, occurred shortly before LaMarcus died Oct. 23, 2013, when he was in Jackson’s care at a Conroe apartment. The injury is on the right side toward the top of his head, multiple medical examiners testified.

Another serious injury doctors noted was a skull fracture around the right eye, which showed signs of healing. Doctors estimated that fracture occurred two to eight weeks prior to LaMarcus’ death.

The issue is pertinent to both the prosecution and defense cases, since the dispute between them is whether the child suffered serious injuries before Jackson picked him up from the Dallas-Fort Worth area Sept. 21, 2013.

Assistant District Attorney Jim Prewitt told jurors Tuesday that evidence will show Jackson was responsible for LaMarcus when both skull fractures occurred.

Defense attorney E. Tay Bond, however, argues LaMarcus arrived to Conroe unhealthy and “he was already on his way out.”

Bond concedes LaMarcus’ second skull fracture was suffered around the time of the incident that led to his death, but argues the cause was an accidental injury exacerbated by his previous ailments.

Jackson told Conroe police he fed LaMarcus oatmeal, placed him on a pallet in the bedroom, then returned to the kitchen area to play video games before hearing him scream 15 minutes later.

Jackson said he checked on LaMarcus to find him gasping for air and whimpering.

Jackson later told police he took LaMarcus out of his high chair after feeding him and placed him on the floor, when the child fell forward and struck his forehead on the corner of the kitchen counter.

Jackson administered ointment on his head, placed him on the pallet then returned to playing video games.

Jackson said when he saw LaMarcus gasping for air, he began shaking the child to get a response from him.

In an audio interview with Conroe Detective Eddie Davis, Jackson said LaMarcus was clumsy and fell all the time.

Other witnesses testified the child was quiet and struggled maintaining his balance.

Dr. Glenn D. Sandberg, a Harris County forensic neuropathologist who noted hemorrhages through most of LaMarcus’s spinal cord and brain injuries, said it is unlikely the injuries were accidental.

Dr. Deborrah Pinto, a Harris County forensic anthropologist who examined LaMarcus, said the two skull fractures, while located in the same general area on the right side of the brain, never intersected. Doyle estimated the fractures were separated by about ¾-inch from the closest point, and almost 1½ inches from the farthest point.

Co-defense attorney Jerald Crow questioned whether LaMarcus already was compromised due to the initial fracture, but Doyle said she could not give an opinion having not examined LaMarcus prior to the second fracture.

Doyle said it is possible a new fracture could aggravate an older one, but that the injuries LaMarcus suffered were not likely to occur by falling from a standing height.

Police and EMS were dispatched to 231 Interstate 45 S. about 7 p.m. Oct. 22, 2013, after a call from Jackson stating his son was not breathing.

Jackson’s girlfriend Da’Zhane Shird and her mother Brenda Shird, who both testified Tuesday, tried to resuscitate Green with directions from 911 dispatchers until emergency personnel arrived.

“He is doing nothing,” Brenda Shird said in the 911 call. “He is laying here lifeless.”

Green was taken to Conroe Regional Medical Center with severe internal trauma and injuries to his forehead, then airlifted to Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. Green was pronounced dead the next morning.

A doctor noted in a physical exam that Green had bruises to the forehead, shoulder, back, right eye and buttocks.

The child’s mother, Lauren Green, is in custody at the Tarrant County jail facing burglary charges. Child Protective Services previously placed Lauren Green’s three children into her mother’s custody due to the 2012 criminal charge, according to Tuesday’s testimony.

The grandmother, Belinda Green, was influential in Jackson learning he fathered a child with her daughter but did not approve of the decision to allow LaMarcus to live with Jackson and Da’Zhane Shird.

Jackson traveled to Dallas alone Sept. 21, 2013, to pick up LaMarcus — without Belinda Green’s knowledge, she said.

Prosecutors sought to highlight that despite Lauren’s legal troubles, her children were being cared for by their grandmother, who paid for day care and arranged doctor visits. Bond, however, questioned whether LaMarcus Green could have suffered a serious head injury without his grandmother’s knowledge or recollection. Even though daycare and medical records never documented a head injury for LaMarcus Green, there were day care records showing one of the older children suffered a head injury from the same day care. Belinda Green said she did not remember the incident, but that she would have taken the child to a doctor if it appeared to be serious enough. Her testimony allowed attorneys from both sides to illustrate for the jury how LaMarcus was cared for before Jackson brought him to Conroe.

Lauren Green is expected to be transferred from the Tarrant County jail to testify for the state today.