Tuesday, 22 February 2011

SBS: Kansas: Billy Barber trial

February 16, 2011 : By Roger McKinney

COLUMBUS, Kan. — The family friend who cared for a 2-month-old infant the night before she was taken to a hospital with brain injuries consistent with shaken-baby syndrome told jurors on Wednesday that the baby was fussy.
Melissa Connor took the witness stand in the trial of Billy Barber. Barber, of Baxter Springs, is charged with felony child abuse and aggravated battery, alleging that on Feb. 7, 2008, he shook his infant daughter, causing serious brain injuries.
“She cried,” Connor said of the baby on the night of Feb. 6, 2008. “It was almost unbearable, but I finally got her soothed. She was really fussy that night.”
Connor said she didn’t shake or drop the baby. Questioning Connor, defense attorney JoAnna Derfelt tried to highlight inconsistencies between her Wednesday testimony and previous statements to police and in court.
The trial is scheduled to continue today in Cherokee County District Court.

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