It was a very long and eventful day in court Wednesday, as the second day of trial involving a Lubbock man accused of putting a 3-year-old in a tub of scalding hot water came to a close.
21-year-old Trenard Nunley is charged with injury to a child and knowingly causing serious bodily injury.
Police say Nunley placed the child in the hot water after a potty training accident. The child suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns on 35% of his body. When the forensic specialist took the stand yesterday, she said during their investigation last year they recorded the water's temperature. She said in less than a minute, the thermometer reached 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
Today the jury heard from multiple key eye-witnesses, including the victim's mother, Candace Sanders, the victim's biological father, Andre Shaw, and the defendant, Trenard Nunley.
Sanders' testimony lasted nearly two hours. She said this is not the first time that Nunley had hurt her son, 3-year-old Jaylen Shaw.
She told the jurors she remembers hearing Nunley slap Jaylen and throw him across the room back in November of 2011 when he found out she left the house to visit her sister.
She said Nunley dragged Jaylen into the bathroom and repeatedly banged his head against the shower faucet. She said the reason why she did not call 911 immediately after seeing Jaylen's injuries was because she was afraid of what Nunley would do to her and her son if she were to call.
The tension got very high in the courtroom when the defendant surprisingly took the stand to give his testimony around 3:00 p.m.
Nunley said he never would do anything to hurt Sanders or Jaylen. Prosecutors played back a recording in court today of detectives questioning Nunley back in January 2012. In the recording, Nunley told detectives multiple versions of the events that took place. Initially, Nunley said that Jaylen turned the hot water himself and that is how he got the third degree burns. Later in the interrogation, he confessed to the detectives and said he turned the hot water on and held Jaylen there and told him, "Don't get up or I'll whoop your ***." He said it was only for about 30 seconds and he didn't know the water was that hot. He told detectives that he initially lied to them because he feared of going to jail.
Today, for the first time ever, Nunley told the jury that the reason why he really lied to the detectives was because Sanders told him to lie. He said Sanders told him if he told the truth, she would lose Jaylen to Child Protective Services. So Nunley said he lied because he did not want Sanders to lose her son.
Jaylen's biological father who now has primary custody of him took the stand today. Andre Shaw said Jaylen was hospitalized for more than two months because of those injuries. He stated that his son still goes to physical therapy and had to learn how to walk again after getting out of the hospital because his injuries were so bad. Shaw also said that Jaylen had to be potty trained again because he was afraid to use the toilet. He summarized that Jaylen would be scarred for life because of this incident.
Burn surgeons that treated Jaylen are expected to testify on Thursday.
Sanders is also indicted for injury to a child but those charges are still pending.
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