GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – The mother of Gary Carpenter took the stand Tuesday in the trial against her then boyfriend Brandon Warrington, who is on trial for the second degree murder and manslaughter in the death of her 5-year-old son.
Jennie Mattison, 23, said that she had previously witnessed Warrington, 24, abuse her son Gary Carpenter during six hours of testimony on Tuesday.
She said Warrington had abused her son on several different occasions, but she still did not say what or if she knows what happened to him the day he was taken to the hospital. She says moments later she heard a thump from Gary's room and then Warrington carried him out unconscious but she later woke him by spraying water on him.
She told jurors that days before her son died, Warrington slammed the boy up against a shower wall leaving him with a bump, bruising, and a bloody nose.
In November 2012, officers responded to the couple's Glens Falls home, finding the boy not breathing. Gary was transported to Glens Falls hospital, and then 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.
Mattison has already pleaded guilty to hindering prosecution, for lying to police about how the boy was hurt. She says she lied because she was afraid of Warrington and repeated what he told her to say.
Police say the boy was the victim of assault and died from his injuries because she did not seek treatment for him for 12 hours.
Warrington has pleaded not guilty and his 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.
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