Dad NICHOLAS HARRIS is on trial for killing his 5-month-old son. Notice we have a classic case of Father Exaltation here. Dad didn't even bother to stick around for the baby's first four months of life. He was busy mooching off of, um, living with his mom in Florida. But this poor, naive young mother--like many mothers these days--has been brainwashed into believing that a single mom is inadequate and not enough. That children--even little babies--"need" to "get to know" their father. So she let's this guy move in with her--apparently just so Daddy could "get to know" their son. 'Cause I'm not seeing that she actually loved this man, or, gawd forbid, that he was actually supportive of HER. And I suspect he wasn't supportive in the slightest, since it only took him ONE MONTH to "allegedly" kill the child.
Mother testifies she thought Dallas man loved their baby, until day of fatal shaking, beating
By JENNIFER EMILY / Staff Writer
Published 15 February 2011 10:17 AM
The mother of a Dallas baby killed in May 2009 said she never doubted the boy’s father loved their son until he hurt him and lied about it.
Nicholas Harris is accused of shaking 5-month-old Trammell Harris and striking the boy against an unknown object.
Harris is charged with injury to a child causing serious bodily injury. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.
Testifying in Harris’ trial Tuesday, Leandra Williams, 22, said she wanted Harris to get to know their child so he moved in with them when he returned from living with his mother in Miami.
A month later, on the day her son was injured, she said Harris told her and paramedics that Trammell was having an asthma attack.
Williams said she kept asking doctors to try to save her son’s life even though they told her there was nothing they could do. Finally, she said, she realized that they were right.
“I felt like it was OK to let him go,” she testified tearfully. “I felt like my baby was suffering.”
She kissed her son goodbye and left the room before doctors turned off life support.
During opening statements, prosecutor Reynie Tinajero the injuries that Trammell suffered could not have been accidental.
“It was not an accident by any stretch of the imagination,” Tinajero said. “The only person who could have done it was him.”
Tinajero told jurors they would see video of an interview with police in which Harris changes his story multiple times. The prosecutor also said that Harris slept in the interrogation room while waiting to talk to police on the day of the baby's funeral.
The defense did not make an opening statement.
In early testimony, Williams smiled on the witness stand as she told jurors about her son. She said that in the time before his death, Trammell was smiling, rolling over and blowing raspberries. She also said he was working on sitting up alone.
She wiped away tears as Tinajero showed her a picture of her son as a happy, healthy baby. She cried harder, later, when Tinajero asked her to identify the baby’s autopsy photo.