Saturday, February 8, 2014

Bulletin: Ronnie Munoz-Hernandez: Toronto; His lawyer says in closing arguments that it was the infant's mother who inflicted the fatal injuries; Toronto Sun.

STORY: "Mom should be blamed for tot's fatal injuries: Defence," by reporter Sam Pazzano, published by the Toronto Sun on February 4, 2014.

GIST: "Jessica Da Silva should be blamed for the injuries that ultimately killed her infant son, the defence insisted during closing arguments Monday at her ex-boyfriend’s murder trial. Ronny Munoz-Hernandez, 25, is accused of second-degree murder in the Nov. 9, 2010, death of Adriel Garcia. He has pleaded not guilty to causing the fatal head injuries on Da Silva’s son while babysitting the child on Sept. 11, 2010. In her closing address, defence lawyer Paula Rochman pinpointed the blame on Da Silva, whom she accused of lying to implicate her boyfriend to “save herself” from prosecution. Da Silva abandoned her five-month-old baby, leaving him with Munoz-Hernandez — who had next to no experience babysitting — for 18 1/2 hours to attend a cousin’s wedding, Rochman insisted. “She cannot explain why she didn’t take her son, Adriel Garcia, with her to this all-day family event because there is zero innocent and rational explanation for that,” she added. Da Silva never brought her baby to her relatives because she was hiding the hideous bruises on his body, which would have compelled them to phone the Children’s Aid Society and apprehend her child, argued Rochman. “There is no medical evidence that excludes Jessica (as having caused these injuries),” said Rochman, who asked the jury to acquit her client." The child underwent emergency brain surgery but died nine weeks later in his mother’s arms. Crown attorney Laura Bird argued that Da Silva was “a credible and reliable witness” who told “white lies” to cover up her tragic choice in a babysitter.........The accused man tried to make Adriel “more comfortable” en route to hospital afterwards because he regretted inflicting “atrocious and life-ending” injuries earlier."

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