MIAMI, OK.--- Skye Reece is accused of murdering a Quapaw toddler in February. Reece was dating the boy's dad and was caring for the child when he suffered severe injuries.
A board certified pediatrician with expertise in child trauma was the only witness for the defense. Because of his expertise, the defense attorney asked the doctor to review Lanceton Hollenbeck's medical records and provide his opinion in court.
He believes the injuries Lanceton had could have been caused by a fall from 4 feet off the ground, for example from his bed. The doctor said studies done with human cadavers have proved shortfalls can cause severe injuries like Lanceton's.
The toddler's injuries included bleeding inside and outside of the skull, which was severely fractured. The doctor also added the injuries could also have been caused by abuse, from someone throwing Lanceton onto the floor from 4 feet above.
The trial continues tomorrow with closing arguments expected to be given by the defense and prosecution before they hand the case to the jury.
The group bikers against child abuse, or BACA, were at the courthouse raising awareness of cases like Lanceton's. The group is focused on creating a safer environment for children, especially those who have suffered any type of abuse.
BACA provides emotional support for the victims and their families. There were 5 BACA members from the Miami chapter at the trial. They said cases like these are heartbreaking.
"It's pitiful, abuse of any kind is pitiful. When it results in a death, it's worse," states Paw, BACA Member.
BACA members say it's crucial to show their presence in the community to let people know kid's have a group shielding them from further harm.