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Sam Penrod ReportingVideotaped testimony from the older sister of a girl who died from drinking too much water has been presented in the trial of the girl's parents. They are accused of child abuse homicide.
This is now week two in the trial of Richard and Jennete Killpack, as prosecutors continue to show evidence that four-year old Cassandra Killpack died from abuse. The trial is still in its early stages.
Richard and Jennete Killpack are on trial on charges of child abuse homicide and child abuse in the death of their daughter three years ago. Yesterday in court the Killpack's older daughter's videotaped interview with police was played to the jury. In it, the girl gave details of what happened.
She said Cassandra was being punished for bad behavior and that her parents poured water into the girl's throat, and that she later threw up.
Also yesterday, the medical examiner testified that Cassandra died from ingesting so much water that her brain stopped functioning, adding it was the first time he had ever seen someone die from this.
Defense attorneys are also preparing to put on their evidence in the case, which is that the Killpacks were using a form of therapy to help Cassandra, because of abuse she received before she was adopted.
The trial is scheduled to continue for at least another month.