Family says Kinsley's mother never hurt her, coroner shows injuries in autopsy photos

Family says Kinsley's mother never hurt her, coroner shows injuries in autopsy photos
Posted at 3:17 PM, Sep 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-28 15:17:33-04

HAMILTON, Ohio -- Kinsley Kinner’s aunt, Tiffany Kinner, took the stand Wednesday afternoon and testified that she never saw her sister, Rebekah, discipline the toddler inappropriately.

Crying, she described Kinsley as a “very bubbly outgoing little girl.”

Wednesday was day three of the trial against Bradley Young, accused of killing the 2-year-old.

Tiffany Kinner testified that she saw Kinsley on Dec. 1 at her grandmother’s home in Madison Twp. She said the child had no trouble walking or seeing and she did not notice any bruises on Kinsley’s body.

“She was happy and healthy,” Tiffany Kinner testified.

A photo of Kinsley taken in the hospital on Dec. 2 shows bruises on her body.

Jurors also heard 911 calls placed by Rebekah Kinner. While the calls were played in court, a bailiff handed Young tissues.

Butler County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Greg Turner testified that he saw bruises on Kinsley’s body as he administered CPR.

Wednesday morning’s testimony focused on injuries sustained by the toddler.

Dr. Karen Looman, a forensic pathologist and the Hamilton County deputy coroner, performed the autopsy on 2-year-old Kinsley Kinner last December.

Young is charged with murder, felony endangering children and involuntary manslaughter in Kinsley’s death.

Looman testified that “Kinsley had an injury to her head that looked like it was not accidental.”

The toddler also had bruising to forehead, cheeks, chin, right shoulder and a scab on the left side of head.

Autopsy photos were then shown in the courtroom.

The injuries on Kinsley’s skull indicate “blows to the head,” Looman testified.

Those injuries to Kinsley’s head caused her brain to swell, Looman said.

“That is the lethal injury and caused her heart to stop and she stopped breathing,” she said.

The defense team has suggested that Kinsley’s injuries could have been from a fall, a car crash, hitting her head on a faucet or her own head butting.

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