Opening statements for man accused of killing 5-year-old
GLENS FALLS, N.Y. - Opening statements were held in Warren County Court Tuesday for the trial of Brandon Warrington, accused of killing his girlfriend's 5-year-old son last year.
Warrington, 24, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and manslaughter in connection to the death of 5-year-old Gary Carpenter.
Prosecutors say the Glens Falls man physically assaulted the boy to the point of death. Police responded to the couple's home to find the boy not breathing in November 2012. The boy was transported to Glens Falls hospital, and from there, air-lifted to Albany Medical center where he later died from a traumatic head injury.
Authorities say Warrington knocked the boy off his feet, causing a head injury, then hit him again when he wouldn't stop crying. They say his injuries indicate this was not the first time he had been assaulted.
In court, the Warren County prosecutors laid out a case of "long term abuse." With injuries all over the boy's body, including some indicating sexual abuse.
"It was never great for Gary Carpenter with Jennie Mattison as his mother. He was not cared for in the way he should have been. He had teeth that were so decayed you'd be shocked to see them in such a young child. But what was not great went to deadly when that man, Brandon Warrington came to be part of his life," said District Attorney Kate Hogan.
Carpenter's mother, Jennie Mattison, has already pleaded guilty to hindering prosecution, for lying to police about how the boy was hurt, and is expected to testify against him.
Warrington's defense says he played no part in the boy's death, instead placing the blame on Mattison - both giving very different accounts to what happened.
"The cause of his death of this young child was caused by a failure of this mother to be a mother," defense attorney Garfield Raymond said. "It doesn't matter the mechanism of injury, it doesn't matter how, but the mother should have sought medical treatment."
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