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Prosecution Rests in Nanny Manslaughter Trial

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KENNEWICK, Wash., -- The jury heard from the prosecution's final witness Thursday morning in the trial of a Richland nanny accused of aggravated manslaughter.

Kelli Jacobsen is accused of causing the injuries that led to the death of 1-year old Ryder Morrison... just one day after his birthday.

Thursday morning, Dr. Cheerag Upadhyaya, the doctor who performed the neurosurgery on Ryder's brain testified about the infant's final moments in the emergency room.

"The brain continued to swell and the vitals continued to deteriorate. The coloration of the brain had gradually been changing, it had changed to a more gray coloration," says Dr. Upadhyaya.  "Given the changes in the brain, the lack of blood flow, the significant amount of herniation to the brain as well as the vital signs... it was decided to cease efforts."

The neurosurgeon also testified that Ryder's injuries are "a little unusual" given Jacobsen's story.

She says Ryder fell about six inches off of a toy.

The defense called their first witnesses to the stand Thursday afternoon.  The trial is expected to last at least one more week.

 

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