Updated 09/26/2012 07:55 PM
Child assault trial wraps up evidence
Medical mystery or assault? Those are the choices for an Oneida County jury about to deliberate on the fate of a man accused of breaking his daughter's bones. Our Andrew Sorensen tells us more about the case as it heads into the final stretch.
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ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. -- Jonathan Greener, 20, has been locked up for months, accused of five counts of assault on his eight-week-old daughter.
"A cast on the left, it goes from toe to hip, and the right ankle is also casted," Upstate Medical pediatrician Dr. Melissa Schafer described.
In the final day of witness testimony Wednesday, the prosecution called a string of doctors, pediatricians and bone experts to the stand to tell the jury how the girl had two broken legs, a broken arm, broken ribs and bruising on her legs, hand and ribcage when she was admitted to Upstate Medical Center in January, when her mother and father noticed her arm was broken.
"She had fractures that were at various stages of healing, which would likely have been noticed prior to the fracture of the tibia, would likely have been noticed but there was no presentation to medical care," orthopedist Dr. Maria Iannolo said.
That sent off alarm bells of improper care, according the prosecution.
The defense is arguing the girl may have some sort of genetic disorder or disease like Brittle Bone Disease, which would allow her bones to break more easily.
"I had looked at her x-rays and the cat scan of her head the day before and it seemed that her bones were normal, other than the fact that they were broken," Dr. Schafer countered.
All of the doctors called to the stand called that idea unlikely based on their observations.
Additionally, Greener told a Rome police investigator he had anger issues and may have accidentally been too rough with the child, but he would never try to hurt her.
In the video of the interview played in court, Greener denies having much contact with his daughter at all.
"I'm not the person who takes care of her, I'm not. I'm the breadwinner, I don't care of her," he said.
The little girl is currently living with family members who say she is doing well and growing normally. However, family members say there is currently a fight over custody of the girl.
Closing arguments and deliberations will begin on Thursday.