QUEENSBURY, N.Y. -- A jury is now debating the fate of 25-year-old Brandon Warrington as he faces charges of second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in connection to the death of his former girlfriend's five-year-old son, Gary Carpenter.
During closing arguments District Attorney Kate Hogan reminded the jury of the testimony of several doctors that showed a pattern of abuse which she says the child suffered at the hands of Warrington. Violence that she claims became crueler and ultimately resulted in the head trauma that led to his death.
Warrington's defense attorney Garfield Raymond denies that, telling the jury it was Carpenter's mother Jennie Mattison who inflicted that abuse.
"Why would he pick him up and then put him in the shower and squirt water in him, if he didn't care? Why would he be in the bathroom on the 14th holding the little guy by one hand and putting medicine on his neck? Why would he be doing that? If he didn't care, why would he be enrolling him in school?" said Raymond.
On the stand, Warrington accused Mattison of being abusive, punishing the boy by making him drink hot sauce, putting his hand on the stove, and kicking him. Warrington says he couldn't get the boy medical attention because he wasn't Gary's legal guardian.
Warrington admitted on the stand that he did lie when first questioned about Gary's condition and whether he knew Mattison's whereabouts at the time. Text messages from Mattison to Warrington, and notes Warrington wrote just after the boy was rushed to Albany Medical Center, seem to indicate the couple was concocting a story. Warrington admitted to lying in order to keep the kids from being taken away after Mattison told him not to call 911.
Prosecutors pointed out during the trial that Warrington had many opportunities to help the little boy, including attending a social services meeting on the morning he found the 5-year-old unconscious, a meeting right across the street from a health clinic, but he never alerted the clinic.
He arrived at that meeting by bus with a terminal right across the street from a police station, but he still did not ask for help.
"We are not relying on Jennie Mattison for this, the evidence in this case. We are relying on the body of Gary Carpenter because this little five-year-old body was at the hands of that sadistic torturer. That body is the evidence that shows that he was depravedly murdered by this dependent," said Hogan.