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Mother Takes Stand in Manslaughter Trial

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - A Tri-Cities mother takes the stand to relive the worst day of her life , when her one year old son died while she was at work.

Jurors heard powerful testimony Friday in the manslaughter case against Kelli Jacobsen, who's accused of causing the injuries that led to the death of Ryder Morrison.

Benton County Prosecutor Andy Miller called friends and family of the Morrison's to the stand Friday, as well as local radiologists who saw Ryder's injuries. But most notably, was the powerful and emotional testimony given from Ryder's mother about his last days, and when her neighbor called to tell her something was wrong.

"She said, I don't want you to panic, but your son is unconscious and getting in the back of the ambulance," said Ryder's mother Tawney Johnson.

Johnson also spoke about when she arrived at the hospital and spoke to the doctor.  

"He had said that Ryder sustained serious injuries to his head, he knelt down in front of me and looked at me and said that the babysitter's story wasn't adding up," she said. 

Defense attorney Scott Johnson did not question the mother Friday, but says he plans to cross examine her at a later time.

Ryder Morrison died in June of 2011, one day after his 1st birthday.

The trial will resume Monday morning. 

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