Medical Jargon Takes Over Day 2 As Patterson Trial Continues
'Ty suffered from traumatic brain injury': Sanford Pediatric Surgeon Dr. Adela Casas-Melley.
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Testimony continued Wednesday in Day 2 of the Joseph Patterson murder trial in Lincoln County. Patterson is facing second degree murder, manslaughter and aggravated assault charges in the death of a 2-year-old boy, who was also the biological son of Minnesota Vikings Running Back Adrian Peterson.
The trial actually got off to an unusual start Wednesday. It was supposed to begin at 9 a.m., but no one except for the judge, counsel, Patterson, and the victim’s mother, was allowed inside the courtroom for about an hour. We have no idea what it was about, however, we were allowed back in when testimony started shortly before 10 o’clock.
The prosecution said previously they are out to prove that the bleeding in the back of Tyrese Ruffin’s brain, sustained on Oct. 9, 2013 while in Patterson’s care, was cause by abusive trauma.
On Wednesday, the state had at least four different medical experts: a pediatric emergency room doctor, critical care doctor, pediatric surgeon, and ophthalmologist testify on the stand. They all cared for the toddler on the night in question. They all agreed based on their evaluations and medical evidence that the 2-year-old’s injuries were likely caused by some sort of acceleration, shaking, direct blow or series of blows.
While testifying, Dr. Benson Hsu said after looking at the trauma, “You have to look around”. He says the history he was provided, that the child was choking on fruit snacks, ‘doesn’t jive’. Which is what the defense said earlier that they’ll be trying to prove.
When asked whether the injuries could have been caused by the choking, a lack of oxygen to the tissues or brain, or CPR, Hsu answered ‘no’.
Several of the doctors on the stand Wednesday testified that while they didn’t see or feel any exterior bruising or swelling to Ty’s head, that’s not uncommon even though there’s bleeding in the brain.
The child died two days later after his mother made the decision to take him off a ventilator.
The defense will have a chance to bring other medical experts to the stand later in the trial to help prove their case.