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Trial of mother accused in baby’s death underway

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Jurors were shown a dramatic demonstration Wednesday of how a Toledo mother allegedly abused her infant son who later died of his injuries.

Amanda Bacon is charged with murder. The prosecutor says the baby had colic, and Bacon couldn't handle the baby.

The prosecutor demonstrated how he believes Bacon bashed her son Avery's head.

Bacon looked away as the prosecutor used the toy doll.

Dr. Patrick McCormick treated the infant. He said the baby had an injury to his skull.

Bacon was arrested for the crime in December 2012.

In opening statements, Prosecutor Jennifer Wilson told the court Bacon bashed the boy's head twice, left him with her roommate, never called 911, and then went to hang out.

"She was picked up by a man, and together the two of them went over the line to the Happy Days Motel. While Avery was back at the apartment suffering, by Amanda's own words, a swollen head and ears that were turning purple, Amanda was at the Happy Days Motel having sex with the man," said Lucas County prosecutor Jennifer Wilson.

The defense agrees the baby died a tragic death

"Where we disagree is on when it happened and who did it," said Bacon's Lawyer Spiros Cocoves

Several witnessed testified. A physician assistant who treated the infant choked up when she was shown a picture of the baby. She said bacon made up several stories how the baby got hurt. Bacon claims she woke up and left the baby in the bed to use the bathroom. 

"The baby was on the floor, and he was not crying. So she walked over to him and picked him up, and she noticed that his ears where bruising and there dark spots on the outer part of his ears," said physician assistant Rachel Mutchler. 

Doctor's recalled when Avery Bacon was brought into the emergency room.

"I come out of Room 10, and my charge nurse screams for me and says Dr. Martin, and at that point he's actually holding Avery and he's moving toward the trauma bay and I just come right in behind him," said Dr. Kevin Martin. 

Doctors testified that, once in the room, they knew they were dealing with a case of abuse.

Bacon's defense team did not cross examine many witnesses Wednesday. They claim Bacon's roommate abused the baby. That roommate is expected to testify Thursday.

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