Child abuse trial evidence disputed
The opening day of an alleged child abuse trial for a day-home operator began Monday with legal arguments on admissibility of evidence.
Crown prosecutor Patricia Yelle and defence lawyer Pat Fagan questioned a city police officer all day during a voir dire (trial within a trial) at Court of Queen’s Bench.
The accused, 35, has pleaded not guilty to assault causing bodily harm.
She is accused of pushing a toddler, just short of a year old, down a flight of stairs last year.
The voir dire will continue today, then Justice Carolyn Phillips will make a ruling on the evidence. The jury is to be sworn in on Wednesday.
Patrick C. Fagan is a highly accomplished lawyer with an impressive career spanning over 35 years in the legal field.