Saturday, May 4, 2013

Bulletin: Kelli Jacobsen: KEPR TV reports on the second day of defence evidence; Deceased baby's mother called back to the stand.

STORY: "Defence Day Two: Kelli Jacobsen's manslaughter case," by reporter Abby Acone, published by KEPR TV on May 3, 2013.

GIST: "A mother who lost her little boy found herself called as a witness for the defense. It's part of the manslaughter trial of former nanny Kelli Jacobsen. The Richland woman is accused of killing a child in her care. Kelli Jacobsen's defense attorney spent the day trying to put reasonable doubt in the minds of the jurors. Doubt that this little boy was killed by his nanny nearly two-years ago. Doctors blame abusive head trauma for Ryder Morrison's death. But at issue is what caused that trauma. Jacobsen has stuck to her story that Ryder fell off a small toy. Ryder's mother Tawney Johnson was called back to the stand Friday. She answered questions about details on how she cared for her child. “Because this happened so long ago, not everything is as fresh today as the first time you talked about it,” said Defense Attorney Scott Johnson. “With some things, yes,” replied Ryder’s mother Tawney Johnson.  The defense also referenced a text exchange between Johnson and her nanny -- the night before Ryder died. Johnson was leaving for her boyfriend's on the night of Ryder's first birthday. The boy was left in Jacobsen's care. The mom texted her nanny from the driveway -- asking if she thought she was a bad mom. Jacobsen replied, "you know I don't think that."

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