Pros­e­cu­tion rests in trial for murder

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Ev­ery an­i­mal that is reg­is­tered at the fa­cil­ity will have a sheet on the front of its crate doc­u­ment­ing each time the an­i­mal is fed, wa­tered, walked or its crate cleaned. Own­ers will be en­cour­aged to come care for their pets, but if it’s not pos­si­ble, vol­un­teers will take care of the an­i­mals.

Any pet aban­doned will be turned over to an­i­mal con­trol.

An­i­mals deemed vi­cious will not be per­mit­ted into the fa­cil­ity.

FEMA will re­im­burse all fees, in­clud­ing food for the an­i­mals, shots, sup­plies and dam­ages in­curred dur­ing the event.

CONY­ERS — The state rested its case in the trial against a Cony­ers man ac­cused of killing his girl­friend’s child in 2011, leav­ing ju­rors with vivid im­ages of the bru­tal in­juries the tod­dler en­dured be­fore his death.

Cay­den Allen, who was nearly 2-years-old at the time, had only lived with his mother and Sims at Ar­bor Creek Apart­ments on Main Street for 11 days be­fore the April 8, 2011 in­ci­dent. His mother had re­cently gained cus­tody of the child, who had pre­vi­ously been liv­ing with his grand­par­ents in Ken­tucky. The cou­ple had been to­gether for about a year.

On Thurs­day the de­fense, led by at­tor­ney Daniel Par­tain, will at­tempt to dis­prove the state’s claim that James Sims, 24, caused the death of Cay­den Allen by beat­ing him on April 8, 2011. Sims has main­tained the baby fell and hit the back of his head while Sims was watch­ing him and the mother, Sims’ girl­friend, was at work.

Cay­den Allen died three days af­ter he was injured.

The baby’s mother, Trista Myneer, and her sis­ter tes­ti­fied Wednse­day for the pros­e­cu­tion with both women de­scrib­ing sep­a­rate in­ci­dents each had wit­nessed in­volv­ing Sims and Cay­den Allen.

Trista Myneer tes­ti­fied that Sims had spanked the child once and she had threat­ened to take her son and leave if it oc­curred again.

Her sis­ter, Nekia Myneer, tes­ti­fied that she once heard Sims yell at the child and tell him that he would spank him if he didn’t eat.

Tes­ti­fy­ing Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon were three med­i­cal ex­perts who be­came in­volved with the case once Cay­den Allen was trans­ported to Rock­dale Med­i­cal Cen­ter fol­low­ing the 911 call around 6:15pm on April 8, 2011. Dr Gre­gory Pine was first to ex­am­ine the un­con­scious in­fant when he ar­rived at the emer­gency room be­fore be­ing air­lifted to Egle­ston. Dr. Pine said the baby’s breath­ing sounded like snor­ing, which he said was in­dica­tive of a se­vere brain in­jury, and he had bruis­ing and swelling to the head.

“He was al­most dead,” Dr. Pine tes­ti­fied. “He would have died soon if we had not slowed down his death by breath­ing for him es­sen­tially and putting him on a ven­ti­la­tor.” He also said the in­juries did not ap­pear to be ac­ci­den­tal and ap­pear to have been in­flicted within the pre­vi­ous hour or two.

Next to tes­tify was Dr. Jor­dan Green­baum of Chil­dren’s Health­care of At­lanta.

An ex­pert in foren­sic pathol­ogy and child mal­treat­ment, Dr. Jor­dan Green­baum said her ex­am­i­na­tion on the morn­ing of April 9, 2011 of a deeply co­matose, very ill Cay­den Allen re­vealed nu­mer­ous in­juries. She tes­ti­fied the in­fant had bruis­ing and trauma on his face and scalp, the top of the head, his fore­head, his hip, the pu­bic and gen­i­tal re­gion, his shoul­der and his back. Cay­den Allen also had dot-like ar­eas of bleed­ing on back of each eye.

She said her opin­ion was there were mul­ti­ple se­vere im­pacts to the head and the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the in­juries dis­prove the story told by Sims.

Last to tes­tify was Dr. Ge­of­fry Smith of the DeKalb County Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner’s Of­fice who ruled the death of Cay­den Allen a homi­cide.

“In the ab­sence of any other ex­pla­na­tion these are trau­matic brain in­juries,” Dr. Smith to the jury and added that the sort of in­juries Cay­den Allen had were com­pa­ra­ble to a high-im­pact auto ac­ci­dent.

Pros­e­cu­tors also showed ju­rors text mes­sages be­tween Sims and Trista Allen sent on the day of the in­ci­dent. The text mes­sages, which started that af­ter­noon with dis­cus­sions about a prob­lem with the car and ended with Sims tex­ting Myneer “I messed up.”

Sims is charged with mal­ice murder, felony murder, ag­gra­vated bat­tery and cru­elty to chil­dren in the first de­gree and could face life in prison if he is con­victed.

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