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Waco man on trial for death of 8 month old

(Source: MGN) (Source: MGN)

Thursday morning the defense is set to present their case in the trial of a Waco man accused of beating his baby boy to death in 2011.

Arthur Bronchae Kirven is charged with one count of first degree injury to a child.

Despite the medical examiner ruling the death a homicide, family members don’t believe anyone would intentionally cause severe injuries to the baby.

Wednesday, a doctor who was a primary care physician to the baby and a criminal investigator took the stand in the morning.

In the afternoon, an acquaintance, ‘D.J.’ Brown, who was at the home testified, recalling what happened in November, the day baby Aydrian died.

According to Brown, he never saw the defendant hit the child. Kirven emerged from a bedroom, crying, saying the baby was unresponsive. The two men attempted CPR in route to a nearby doctor.  

The baby was taken to Hillcrest, where he later died.

Special CPS Investigator, Patrick Bryce, said upon physical examination of the baby, he couldn’t find injuries consistent with abuse. It was the medical examiner’s report that ruled the death a homicide consistent with abuse.

In the autopsy, the examiner noted the baby had multiple skull fractures, broken ribs that were healing and lacerated organs.

A family member who considered the defendant’s son, ‘like a grandchild,’ Pamela Reed, testified she had trouble believing anyone would cause the injuries on purpose. Reed, a registered nurse, said she believed the injuries could have been from the CPR administered, or an accident. Reed maintained that she couldn’t think of anyone who would hurt the baby.

Thursday morning the defense will begin to call witnesses; it is not clear whether the defendant will take the stand.

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