A number of bruises, fractures found throughout an post-mortem of an toddler, hears in regards to the Oshawa homicide trial
Nine-month-old Kaleb McKay sustained dozens of injuries – including multiple bruises and abrasions to his body, and fractures to his skull, jaw and vertebrae – shortly before his death – the jury heard when a murder trial was held on Monday November 15. Oshawa continued.
The litany of injuries, many of which are likely due to blunt violence, were discovered during an autopsy following Kaleb’s death in late 2016, coroner Dr. Michael Pickup.
During the several hours of testimony, Pickup described findings such as bruises and abrasions on the baby’s head and face, bruises and internal bleeding in the trunk, bruises on his limbs, and several fractures, some of which had healed when Kaleb was declared to have died on December 29, 2016 Rescue workers responding to an emergency call in his home.
The Crown claims Kaleb’s injuries were caused by Denim Henderson, who was in a relationship with the boy’s mother at the time of his death. Henderson has pleaded guilty to second degree murder, grievous bodily harm, and failure to care for Kaleb.
Pickup said he received Kaleb’s body on December 30, 2016, the day after the child died. The infant – he weighed a little over eight kilograms and measured 70 centimeters from feet to head – looked like a well-fed child, he said.
“But I was concerned about a number of injuries that I saw on his torso and face,” said Pickup.
The autopsy found pickup injuries finally divided into four categories – soft tissue injuries to the head and neck, soft tissue injuries to the trunk, soft tissue injuries to the arms and legs and fractures, the court said.
Many of the injuries occurred shortly before Kaleb’s death, while others, including fractures of the skull, right femur, right upper arm and vertebrae, have healed or healed, Pickup said.
It’s possible that the fracture of Caleb’s skull occurred within months or weeks of his death, noted Pickup.
“Depressed skull fractures are caused by impact,” he testified.
The trial continues in Oshawa.