Defence accuses mom of inflicting injuries on baby


spaminator
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Defence accuses mom of inflicting injuries on baby
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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Retired_Can_Soldier
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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.

How is this a defense?
 
Nuggler
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Quote: Originally Posted by Retired_Can_SoldierView Post

How is this a defense?


I think it's the defence lawyer for the accused (her boyfriend) who is asking.


My feelings are they should both be marched out and shot. ...........sure, lawyer as well.


Because sometimes it's just ****ing necessary.
 
captain morgan
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Quote: Originally Posted by NugglerView Post



My feelings are they should both be marched out and shot. ...........sure, lawyer as well.


That would easily qualify as a 'feel-good' story in my eyes.
 
spaminator
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Doctor tells murder trial of boy's 'extreme bruising'
By Sam Pazzano ,Toronto Sun
First posted: Thursday, January 16, 2014 07:43 PM EST | Updated: Thursday, January 16, 2014 07:47 PM EST
The mother of battered baby Adriel Garcia wiped away tears in court Thursday as she saw shocking photos of his bruised body taken the day after the dying child was rushed to hospital in September 2010.
Dr. Emma Cory, a pediatrician with the Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect Unit (SCAN) of the Hospital for Sick Children, testified at the murder trial of Ronny Munoz-Hernandez that Adriel’s “constellation of injuries,” including irreparable brain damage and bruises to his abdomen and genitals, were “highly suspicious.” These injuries were highly unlikely to be caused by an accidental fall from a caregiver’s arms or a bed to a floor, she said.
When photos of Adriel’s bruised abdomen and ***** were shown in court as Cory explained the significance of the injuries, Adriel’s mom, Jessica DaSilva, dabbed at her teary eyes and was comforted by two friends.
TORONTO - The mother of battered baby Adriel Garcia wiped away tears in court Thursday as she saw shocking photos of his bruised body taken the day after the dying child was rushed to hospital in September 2010.
Dr. Emma Cory, a pediatrician with the Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect Unit (SCAN) of the Hospital for Sick Children, testified at the murder trial of Ronny Munoz-Hernandez that Adriel’s “constellation of injuries,” including irreparable brain damage and bruises to his abdomen and genitals, were “highly suspicious.” These injuries were highly unlikely to be caused by an accidental fall from a caregiver’s arms or a bed to a floor, she said.
When photos of Adriel’s bruised abdomen and ***** were shown in court as Cory explained the significance of the injuries, Adriel’s mom, Jessica DaSilva, dabbed at her teary eyes and was comforted by two friends.
“Highly suspicious is the strongest language that SCAN ever uses,” Cory told Crown attorney Laura Bird.
Bruising on an immobile, five-month-old child’s well-fleshed abdomen “causes me the highest level of concern,” Cory told the jury.
Munoz-Hernandez, 25, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Adriel.
The child arrived at Sick Kids on Sept. 12, 2010, after being babysat for 19 hours by Munoz-Hernandez.
Adriel, who had extensive bruising on his groin and on his ***** and underwent emergency surgery, survived for several weeks but never improved or regained consciousness.
Within days of being removed from life support and feeding systems, he died in his mother’s arms Nov. 9, 2010.
Cory testified that the pattern of vertically-oriented bruising was likely caused by direct force with an object that produces that pattern.
There were nine bruises on his abdomen, some starting at the child’s buttock cleft and extending to his hip, which could not be caused by a single fall, the jury heard.
The dark purple bruises on the toddler’s ***** could have been inflicted by a forceful blow, squeezing or pinching, or a suction-related action, she said.
“Adriel had very extreme bruising of his *****. It’s extremely uncommon for an infant,” said Cory. “A baby’s ***** is usually well-protected by his legs and the cushioning diaper.”
The doctor couldn’t exclude the possibility that one of Adriel’s bruises was a bite mark.
It’s not possible to precisely date when bruises are inflicted, said Cory.
Adriel suffered no skull fracture but had recent brain bleeding — which occurs in the previous seven to 10 days — and brain swelling, court heard.
The trial resumes Friday.
Adriel Da Silva Garcia died of injuries he allegedly received from a man who was caring for him.
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by Retired_Can_SoldierView Post

How is this a defense?

Well c'mon now, what's a grown man expected to do when he's stuck with a baby for a whole 18 hours.
 
spaminator
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Accused claims he had to convince mom to take baby to hospital
By Sam Pazzano ,Toronto Sun
First posted: Monday, January 27, 2014 09:20 PM EST | Updated: Monday, January 27, 2014 09:27 PM EST
Ronny Munoz-Hernandez denied killing the baby of his “friend with special benefits” — whom he blamed for abusing her five-month-old son, Adriel Garcia, a murder trial heard Monday.
“Jessica Da Silva is the last woman on earth I’d want to have a baby with,” Munoz-Hernandez told the jury. “All she wanted to do was party, party, party.”
Munoz-Hernandez, 25, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder. He’s accused of inflicting fatal injuries on Da Silva’s son while babysitting the infant on Sept. 11, 2010, so the mother could attend a wedding.
He said Da Silva dumped Adriel on him that morning, returning 18 hours later. She insisted no one else could babysit Adriel because he had bruises and another sitter would notify the Children’s Aid Society, which would apprehend her child, he testified.
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