Jurors were presented a scientific explanation Wednesday for the severe head trauma that killed a 3-month-old baby in January 2010.
The testimony of Dr. Edward Willey was a rebuttal to allegations that Corduray Scott fatally shook and squeezed Corduray Scott Jr.
Scott is standing trial on charges of felony murder and malice murder and four counts of cruelty to children.
Willey was the first witness for the defense after jurors watched a video of Scott demonstrating with a doll how he jumped around with his child in his arms. They also heard from doctors and a pathologist who said there was no doubt the child’s death was the result of severe head trauma.
The St. Petersburg, Fla., doctor testified that the bleeding in the brain could have been the result of other things besides trauma.
He also suggested that the bleeding behind the eyes – which other doctors said was the result of severe acceleration and deceleration – was a “plumbing issue” and the result of blood pooling in the head.
The nine broken ribs were the result of the child’s bone density issues, not trauma, he said.
Because the child’s broken bones were the result of rickets, it would not have caused him enough pain to make him a fussy child, Willey testified.
Assistant District Attorney Hank Syms anticipated much of the testimony based on Willey’s report and addressed it in his questioning of the doctors who treated the victim and of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation pathologist. Those three witnesses contradicted Willey’s testimony, saying the only possibilities for injuries of that extent were abuse or a car accident.
Testimony has shown that Scott was left alone with his son for several hours early Jan. 18. When the baby’s mother picked him up that morning, Corduray Jr. began having seizures.
Dr. Lora Darrisaw, the deputy chief medical examiner for the GBI, said based on the severity of the infant’s brain injuries, seizures would occur very soon after the injury was inflicted.