Several more prosecution
witnesses on the stand today, including one of the police officers who first
Captain Peter Casertino of the Glens Falls Police Department,
previously Detective Sargent, was one of the officers assigned to investigate
to death of 15-month-old Jesse Smith back in 2012.
On Friday, Casertino
testified that the explanation Gary Waite gave at the hospital, for how his son
became so gravely injured, seemed so inconsistent with the child's injuries,
that the 29-year-old was questioned a second time by police.
Casertino read aloud in court Waite's entire four page
statement from 2012. In it, Waite states a teething Jesse fell 4 or 5 times in
the house that
fateful February weekend.
Wait stated that when he told the child to calm down his
didn't listen. Waite states that out
of frustration, he
threw Jesse to the other end of the couch, and he bounced onto the hardwood
no blood was found on that area of the hardwood floor, according to a
State Police Forensic Scientist who also testified
Friday. He also said there was no
blood on the chair Waite said Jesse later hit his face on.
The forensic scientist also said there was a good amount of
blood found in the bathroom and on the living room rug, and DNA found on
Waite's clothes, all belonging to Jesse.
On Thursday, a doctor with the Glens Falls Hospital took the stand,
testifying that little Jesse Smith was already in a coma when he arrived at the
Waite is charged with 2nd Degree Murder & Manslaughter. If
convicted he could face 25 years to life in prison.
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