Monday, February 9, 2015

Lacey Higgins: New York: Journal News reports video filed by prosecutors showing Garnett retching; Reporter Lee Higgins.

SUB-HEADING: "Boy appears ailing after he and his mother return from  hospital-room lavatory."

GIST:"Prosecutors showed jurors video Monday of 5-year-old Garnett Spears retching and twisting on his bed at Nyack Hospital shortly after his mother took him to the bathroom and four days before he died of salt poisoning. Assistant District Attorney Christine Hatfield played part of the 21-minute clip in slow motion, showing the boy's mother, Lacey Spears, walking in front of the camera of an EEG machine, set up to monitor the boy's brain activity, and carrying a cup and thin piece of equipment on her way to the bathroom. Spears is on trial in White Plains, charged with killing her son.........Keith Mancini, a forensic photographer at the Westchester County forensic lab in Valhalla, testified that he created clips of what he believed to be relevant portions of the more than 40 hours of EEG video. Defense lawyers are expected to cross-examine Mancini on Tuesday. Earlier Monday, Acting state Supreme Court Justice Robert Neary dismissed an alternate juror, who was driving to court but turned around because it was icy on the roads and she feared for her safety. Neary also reminded the jury to "remain stoic and keep an open mind," after defense lawyer Stephen Riebling pointed out a report in The Journal News that one woman juror whispered to another, "Put your helmet on," on Thursday, in anticipation of the videos being shown."

The trial resumes Tuesday.

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