Forensic Expert Testifies in Manslaughter Case vs. Babysitter

Babysitter Katie Sue Savoy, 26, is charged with manslaughter in the death of 11-month-old Lane Leger. Expert witnesses testified that the child’s injuries were inflicted by an adult. Forensic pathologist expert witness Dr. Paul McGarry testified that Leger’s death could not have been the result of falling or bumping his head. The timeline has become a key element in the trial because the defense contends that the child was injured before arriving in Savoy’s care. Prosecutors established a specific time frame for the severe head injuries that led to Leger’s death and expert witness McGarry said he believes Leger may have been injured only an hour before being transported to the hospital. The also writes:

The impact happened at great force,” McGarry testified. “The degree of injury is so heavy to break all three bones that I would expect a child with this type of injury to become symptomatic almost immediately.

Savoy was arrested two months later by investigators and if convicted, could face a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison.