By Sam Pazzano ,Toronto Sun
First posted: Thursday, January 09, 2014 09:15 PM EST | Updated: Thursday, January 09, 2014 09:19 PM EST
TORONTO - Lying mother Jessica DaSilva was accused Thursday of inflicting horrendous abuse upon her baby and concealing his injuries so that authorities wouldn’t take him away.
Defence lawyer Paula Rochman accused DaSilva of bruising her five-month-old son Adriel Garcia before Sept. 11, 2010, the day she dumped him on her boyfriend Ronny Munoz-Hernandez so that she could attend her distant second cousin’s wedding.
“I suggest that prior to Sept. 11, there were times when either you were pinching at Adriel, or twisting and you did things to cause those bruises,” asked Rochman.
“No, I would never do that,” the sobbing 23-year-old responded.
“Did you pinch him? Did you smack him? Do you shake him out of frustration?” suggested Rochman.
“I did nothing,” the crying DaSilva answered.
Rochman, who represents Munoz-Hernandez — DaSilva’s ex-lover and her child’s accused killer — said the child’s shocking bruises were the reason she kept Adriel away from her relatives and friends at the wedding because of fears they would report his abuse to the Children’s Aid Society.
But DaSilva denied it.
Munoz-Hernandez, 25, is accused of second-degree murder in the Nov. 9, 2010 death of Garcia. The dying, badly bruised five-month-old baby underwent emergency brain surgery almost two months earlier but the damage was irreparable. Adriel died in his mother’s arms, days after being taken off life support.
Rochman accused DaSilva of “taking off” on the morning of Sept. 11 and saddling her boyfriend — who had no experience babysitting — with the child for 18 hours until she returned to their Martha Eaton Way home at 3 a.m. Sept. 12.
“You had no concerns whatsoever for your baby,” said Rochman.
“Yes, I did think about him,” DaSilva responded.
Munoz-Hernandez told her when she returned from the wedding that he and Adriel had fallen, suggested Rochman.
The witness denied the boyfriend said that.
DaSilva admitted she hadn’t taken Adriel to his fourth-month wellness check-up in late July and he hadn’t been seen by a doctor since May 2010.
She testified she was going to take Adriel to a doctor on the Monday after the tragic weekend.
Crown attorney Laura Bird asked DaSilva if she ever did “anything intentionally to hurt her baby.”
“No, never,” said DaSilva.
The mother agreed she exercised bad judgment in the care of Adriel but she deeply loved and cared for him.
The trial resumes Friday.
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