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Court hears from first responders in daycare provider's trial

Court hears from first responders in daycare provider's trial

A daycare operator charged in the shaken baby death of a 15-month-old toddler is standing trial this week.

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.




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