Friday, December 9, 2016
Anthony Ball: Michigan: Bulletin; Ongoing trial: Pathologist rules out minor injuries were fatal for toddler, The Barrle Creek Enquirer reports. (Reporter Trace Christenson)..."Her testimony (Pathologist Brandy Shattuck) came on the fourth day of the jury trial before Calhoun County Circuit Judge John Hallacy. Ball is charged with felony murder and first degree child abuse and faces life in prison without parole if convicted. The prosecution completed its case and the defense is expected to begin calling witnesses on Tuesday."
"A 20-month old Marshall girl didn't die from a fall or minor traffic crash, a pathologist testified Friday in the Anthony Ball murder trial. Dr. Brandy Shattuck, a Calhoun County Deputy Medical Examiner, said significant force was used to cause the injury to the brain of Athena Ramey. The child was admitted to Bronson Methodist Hospital on Dec. 18, 2014, and pronounced dead the next day. Ball, 30, is the boyfriend of the child's mother and was caring for the toddler and his own two daughters when he said he was unable to wake the little girl. He took her to the adult foster care home where her mother, Brianna Richards, was working and then she was taken to the hospital. Shattuck said she conducted the autopsy three days after the child was pronounced brain dead and after her organs were harvested for the Gift Of Life program. Her testimony came on the fourth day of the jury trial before Calhoun County Circuit Judge John Hallacy. Ball is charged with felony murder and first degree child abuse and faces life in prison without parole if convicted. The prosecution completed its case and the defense is expected to begin calling witnesses on Tuesday. Shattuck, like other doctors who testified, said the damage to the brain was so severe that the child would have shown immediate symptoms. Ball told investigators he was rocking the little girl and laid her on a futon while he went to make dinner and then returned about 90 minutes later to find her unconscious. Other witnesses said the girl was acting normally during the day before her injury and during the previous several days. She was declared uninjured by her family doctor after a car driven by her grandfather was struck by a deer three days earlier. Shattuck classified the death as a homicide after learning that Athena Ramey was normal earlier in the day and unresponsive that afternoon."