Jurors were told by a physician Tuesday that a 3-month-old’s fatal injuries in January 2010 were not an accident.
They were also given a “guarantee” from the child’s mother that the injuries were not inflicted by Corduray Scott, who is charged with felony and malice murder and four counts of cruelty to children for the death of his son, Corduray Jr.
Dr. Renuka Mehta, a pediatrician at Georgia Health Sciences University, started the trial by saying that the only plausible explanation besides abuse for the extent of the child’s injuries was a car accident.
An accidental fall or drop would have resulted in a single injury, but tests revealed there were older injuries, Mehta said.
“I’m absolutely sure this is an inflicted injury” the doctor said.
In a recorded statement to Richmond County sheriff’s Investigator Sean Cochran, Scott said he jumped up and down with the child in his arms to calm him down. He also said he might have squeezed the child too hard during a hug.
Scott’s attorney, Steve Schmutz, suggested in opening statements that his client’s statement was coerced and the result of repeated questioning from Cochran even after Scott denied hurting his son.
Only after “incredible prodding” did Scott come up with more incidents that could explain the injuries, Schmutz said.
“The state is claiming that jumping to comfort his son is what killed him,” Schmutz said.
Scott contends that on Jan. 18, the child fell from a swinging chair. Corduray Jr., or CJ, as he was called, was unresponsive hours later and was taken to the emergency room suffering from seizures.
Mehta said the child had “very severe retinal hemorrhages,” which is a common result from a rapid acceleration and deceleration – a hallmark of shaken babies.
“There is no other alternative for this kid’s injury,” she said.
Later that afternoon, the child’s mother and Scott’s ex-girlfriend, Shakeila Jones, described the defendant as a laid-back, doting father. She witnessed the incidents described in an indictment as abuse and said they were accidents.
She said with 100 percent certainty that she never saw Scott hurt the child. Jones said that if she thought Scott hurt her baby, she’d be the “No. 1 person trying to get him into jail.”