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Testimony begins in case of woman accused of abusing stepson

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CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

The alleged young victim at the center of a second-degree cruelty to a juvenile trial in 14th Judicial District Court testified on Tuesday afternoon.

The boy, now 12, is testifying against his former stepmother, Jaime Day, saying she abused him when he was 9-years-old.

Jaime Day has pleaded not guilty in the case.

The boy testified through closed-circuit television so he was not in the same room as the defendant.

Through the boy's testimony on Tuesday, the court heard alleged instances of abuse from household items, including dustpans and screwdrivers.

The boy said on one instance, Jaime Day filled a heated sock with rice and placed it on his open wounds. He also said he was severely starved and only allowed to eat Ramen noodles, rice and grits. He said sometimes he was so hungry that he would eat his own feces.

Lori Nunn, Assistant District Attorney for Calcasieu Parish, asked the boy why on multiple occasions, he didn't tell someone of the abuse he was enduring or when he was asked why he didn't tell the truth.

His response was that he was afraid of Jaime Day and the potential recourse from telling the truth.

There were two other boys, Jaime Day's biological sons, living in the home during the time of the alleged abuse.

The boy testified that he would say he wished he "could be reborn in Jaime's belly" because the other boys were not subjected to the alleged abuse.

On cross examination, Walter Sanchez who is defending Jaime Day, asked the boy if he was positive Jaime was the one who placed the heated sock on his back. Sanchez's cross examination lasted roughly 10 minutes.

Jury selection was Monday and the trial began Tuesday with opening statements from attorneys for the state and defendant.

Opening statements

During her opening statements on Tuesday, Nunn described the previous living situation of the victim, saying when he lived with his biological mother, it was evident he was living in a "chaotic home." 

Nunn said that after a few years, the boy's biological father, Murry Day, gained custody and he moved in with him and Murry's wife, Jaime.  

Nunn told members of the jury that evidence would show that Jaime Day started keeping the victim from attending school and would tell people that the boy was mentally ill. 

Nunn also said evidence would show that when the boy was in school, there were 14 times when Jaime Day would call school officials to tell them not to allow the boy to eat anything different than what he was sent to school with.

Nunn said evidence will show that the boy was severely neglected and mistreated which caused him to lose 20 pounds in a certain time frame.   

Nunn concluded by saying evidence would support finding Jaime Day guilty of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile.

In Sanchez's opening, he told the jury a good look at the evidence would show that Jaime Day cared for the boy and sought help and treatment for issues the boy had. Sanchez also said evidence will show the boy felt a deep connection to Jaime Day.

Sanchez also said evidence will show the boy was ill, bright and manipulative and that on many occasions, mandatory reporters were in contact with the family and never reported instances of abuse. Sanchez said the jury will find that's because there was no abuse.

Day 2 witnesses

The state called Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Detective, Michael Primeaux who works in the sex crimes division. They also called Dr. Edgar McCanless who worked with the boy after he was taken from the home. Their final witness for the day before the boy was a Calcasieu Parish School Board counselor.

Murry Day, the boy's biological father, also faces charges of cruelty to a juvenile. He will have a separate trial.

KPLC's Gerron Jordan is tweeting live from the courtroom everyday of the trial. Follow him HERE.

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