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Police officer and forensic scientist testify in Waite trial


GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – Witnesses continue to testify in the case of a Glens Falls man accused of causing the death of his 15-month-old son.

Several more prosecution witnesses on the stand today, including one of the police officers who first questioned Gary Waite.

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 crying, Jesse 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 floor below.

However, 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 emergency room.   

Waite is charged with 2nd Degree Murder & Manslaughter. If convicted he could face 25 years to life in prison. 

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