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Nelligan trial wraps up for 8th day in Schenectady court

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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – The trial of the woman accused of beating her grandson to death continues on Wednesday for the eighth day, with the pediatrician taking the stand who gave Sha'hiim Nelligan his last physical exam.

The doctor testified that the 8-year-old boy had a normal height and weight at his last exam and that there were no signs of abuse.

It is part of the testimony as Gloria Nelligan's trial continues. The 43-year-old has been charged with second degree murder and manslaughter in connection with the death of her grandson.

Authorities say Sha'hiim died after being brutally beaten over a 12 hour period back in February. They tell NEWS10 ABC it happened after the 8-year-old stole a pack of gum from a neighborhood store.

On Wednesday morning there were pictures of Sha'hiim taken after his death shown in court.  The pictures showed large bruises over the boy's arms, legs and butt.

Police interviewed Nelligan for about 8 hours regarding what led to her grandson being found unresponsive in her home.  In the interrogation tape played in court Wednesday, Nelligan admitted to police that she hit Sha'hiim with a backscratcher a handful of times. However, she explained that the boy had been acting out and hurting himself in the days leading up to his death.

"He used to hit his head against the wall all the time," she told investigators. In the tape she also told investigators she could not explain the injuries to the boy's back, legs, or arms.

However, Detective John Hotaling took the stand afterwards, and testified Nelligan admitted to inflicting the injuries to Sha'hiim's backside.

The Defense Attorney and District Attorney tell NEWS10 ABC they won't be commenting on the trial since it is ongoing.

Nelligan remains in custody. Her family has been in court for this entire trial. She's faces up to life behind bars if convicted.

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