Court hears from first responders in daycare provider's trial
SANTA ROSA COUNTY, Fla. (WEAR) —
In day two, the court heard from emergency responders who first treated the child.
It was October 2014 when a 9-1-1 call came from a Santa Rosa County home daycare run by Lowery. She said a child who'd been put down for a nap threw up and then went into a seizure.
Lowery stated he had been struck in the head with a wood block earlier that day by another child.
Five days after being hospitalized, little Brodie Kent died.
A firefighter who was first on scene described the toddler's condition:
"When I came in he wasn't acting any, he was just laying there unresponsive," the firefighter explained.
Investigators believe the child's injuries were a result of being shaken by Lowery. They said she was the only adult present.
Detective Larry Tynes, who is now retired, testified in a 2014 hearing after speaking to medical personnel who treated the child.
"She described the child as having a large spinal hematoma or hemorrhage...the reason of removing the brain tissue from the child was there was also multiple hemorrhages in both of the eyes as well as a detached retina," Tynes said in the 2014 hearing.
Tynes, who will testify again during the trial, said he was told a wooden block wouldn't have caused those injuries.
As the ambulance was leaving the home, a former coworker of Lowery, Nicole Farber, said Lowery told her, "she hoped they didn't think she harmed the baby."
The trial will resume on Wednesday.
If convicted of first-degree murder Lowery faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison.