Defense tries to cast doubt on prosecution's case in Jacobsen trial
Testimony continues today in the trial of a former nanny accused of killing the one-year-old Richland child she was responsible for nearly two years ago.
Today, Kelli Jacobsen's attorney tried to continue to cast doubt on the prosecution's case by arguing that Ryder Morrison's mother Tawney Johnson, may have played a role in his death.
This morning, Jacobsen's attorney Scott Johnson called Tawney Johnson back to the stand - she testified for the prosecution last week.
Jacobsen's attorney questioned her parenting methods with Ryder.
Upon questioning, Tawney Johnson said she used to put Ryder up on the kitchen counter and had him sit there next to her as she made food - but said she never left him alone.
Jacobsen's attorney also asked Johnson if she ever physically disciplined Ryder.
She said sometimes, she would lightly smack his hand when he was reaching for something she didn't want him to have.
Johnson also said she was irritated with Ryder the night before he died because he was fussy and crying.
She also stated she only got a couple hours of sleep that night, as she went to a friend's house to watch a late movie, leaving Ryder in Jacobsen's care.
Jacobsen's best friend Amy Graves also took the stand again today.
She testified about a portion of a previous interview between herself and the prosecuting attorney regarding Tawney Johnson.
"Yeah, and she's just, the frustration and especially once she started seeing the man that she was seeing, she would just get more agitated to leave and you know, one night, she went to go see him and he wouldn't call her back so she left and just drove around she said. And she came back for a minute and said this just makes me so mad and when I get like this, I get in really dark moods and I better leave right now. And she left again and I guess he ended up calling because she didn't come home for a while" said Graves, reading a transcript of the interview.
Ryder was injured when Jacobsen was watching over him on June 22, 2011 - Tawney Johnson was at work when Jacobsen called 911.
Jacobsen says Ryder fell off a toy about six inches tall.
But several doctors have testified that a fall like that would not cause the severity of injuries Ryder sustained.
Ryder had more than a dozen bruises and abrasions on his body, some bone fractures, and his official cause of death was abusive head trauma.
Also this morning, Scott Johnson brought up what he called a "security issue".
He said that Ryder's grandfather cursed at Jacobsen's family during the morning recess.
Johnson asked Ryder's grandfather to be thrown out of the court room.
Ryder's grandfather denied cursing at Jacobsen's family, and the judge let him stay in court.
The judge reminded everyone in court to keep their emotions in check.