Day Three in Martinsburg Deadly Child Abuse Case


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The trial for James Mauldin continued into its third day on Thursday. He’s being charged on single counts of death by a child and one count of abuse causing serious bodily malicious assault in the death of 3-year-old Kaiwon Connelly, who died New Year’s Day 2012.

It was emotional inside the courtroom Thursday, as both sides wrapped up their arguments.

Witnesses included state troopers and nurses who were called to the scene on December 31, 2011. Mauldin's own father also testified on his defense, saying he never saw his son abuse Kaiwon.

“Today we heard testimony from the emergency room nurses, who are forensic nurses, who treated young Kaiwon,” Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely stated. “It was a very upsetting testimony for them today. They are still upset years later. We have also heard from the investigating officer today and the statements that were given to us by Mr. Mauldin.”

Connelly was found with second and third degree burns on his back and buttocks when emergency crews responded.

The prosecutions alleged Mauldin caused the injuries that killed the child, while the defense says there is no evidence to prove that.

The trial is expected to wrap up Friday with closing arguments.

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