Day 3 of the Timothy and Esten Ciboro trial
A 9-year-old girl faced her alleged abusers on Wednesday inside a Lucas County courtroom. The child was questioned by a prosecuting attorney and Timothy and Esten Ciboro.
The father and son, Timothy and Esten, are accused of shackling Timothy's stepdaughter to a pole in a basement and raping two children.
Investigators said the stepdaughter was 13 when Timothy and Esten were arrested. She is now 14 years old. That child took the stand to be questioned by her family members and the prosecuting attorney.
Both men asked the 14-year-old about school and her grades.
"You were complemented many times by being such a great speller and reader is that correct," said Timothy.
The victim responded by saying, "Yes, but what does that have to do with me being in seventh grade now? like really."
Her response appeared to shock Timothy.
"OK. I was bringing up the tutoring," said Timothy.
"Ask a question Mr. Ciboro," said Judge Jennings.
"Well she asked me a question," said Timothy.
"Ask a question," said Judge Jennings.
Her stepsister took the stand on Wednesday. The young girl cried as she told the court how she was inappropriately touched by Timothy and Esten.
The men are acting as their own lawyers. They spent hours on Wednesday questioning the 9-year-old victim and were periodically cut off by Judge Linda Jennings.
"Sit down Mr. Ciboro," said Judge Linda Jennings.
"Can the document be shown to the witness?" asked Esten.
"It depends on what it is," replied Judge Jennings.
"It's a letter," said Esten.
"No, wait. Let's do a sidebar and look at it," said Judge Jennings.
There was new evidence presented to the jury.
A forensic scientist with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation told the court the victim's DNA and Timothy's DNA were found on handcuff's.
"Item 3.1 is a swab from a lock that was contained on Item three which had a master lock and a set of keys," said Forensic Scientist Hallie Dreyer.
Esten tried to disprove the investigators testimony.
"But You would expect to their DNA on the item if it was in the house," asked Esten.
"That is possible," said Dreyer.
A doctor who took the stand on Wednesday said the teen victim will need long term therapy and eventually medication when she develops more emotionally.
Day four of the Timothy and Esten trial continues on Thursday.