Fa­ther: ‘We’re still try­ing to cope’ with baby’s death

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By An­drea Ball aball@states­man.com

The last time David Havins saw his in­fant son alive, Brody was in his crib, kick­ing his feet and smil­ing.

It was early on Jan. 13, 2016, and Havins was get­ting ready to leave his Ge­orge­town home and go to his job do­ing elec­tri­cal work in South Austin. But be­fore he left, he stopped by Brody’s crib. He kissed the baby on the head and said good­bye.

“I said, ‘Go back to sleep. Mommy’s try­ing to sleep,’” Havins said Mon­day in Williamson County District Court.

Brody died af­ter chok­ing on a mit­ten at All About Kids Day­care. The day care’s owner, Holly Har­ri­son, pleaded guilty last week to tam­per­ing with ev­i­dence and no con­test to a felony charge of in­jury to a child for what hap­pened on that day.

This week, District Judge Rick Ken­non is pre­sid­ing over a sen­tenc­ing hear­ing dur­ing which pros­e­cu­tors will try to per­suade him to give Har­ri­son prison time. The hear­ing is ex­pected to take most of the week, with 18 wit­nesses planned for the pros­e­cu­tion alone.

Po­lice have said Har­ri­son waited 12 min­utes to call 911 af­ter she dis­cov­ered the baby was not breath­ing at her day care at 1011 Ser­e­nada Drive in Ge­orge­town. Har­ri­son’s at­tor­neys have sug­gested that the de­lay was caused by panic.

Be­fore call­ing 911, Har­ri­son texted and/or called her daugh­ter, a friend and the par­ents of

Holly Har­ri­son pleaded guilty to tam­per­ing with ev­i­dence, no con­test to a felony charge.

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