Mom should be blamed for tot's fatal injuries: Defence

Jessica DaSilva takes her son, Adriel Garcia, to hospital in a cab in September 2011 after he...

Jessica DaSilva takes her son, Adriel Garcia, to hospital in a cab in September 2011 after he suffered severe head wounds at five months old. The child died roughly eight weeks later in hospital. Also in the taxi is Ronny Munoz, who is charged with second-degree murder in the toddler's death. The photo was one of three taken from a security camera inside the cam and introduced as evidence in Munoz trial on Jan. 8, 2014. (Handout)

Sam Pazzano, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:14 PM ET

Jessica Da Silva should be blamed for the injuries that ultimately killed her infant son, the defence insisted during closing arguments Monday at her ex-boyfriend’s murder trial.

Ronny Munoz-Hernandez, 25, is accused of second-degree murder in the Nov. 9, 2010, death of Adriel Garcia. He has pleaded not guilty to causing the fatal head injuries on Da Silva’s son while babysitting the child on Sept. 11, 2010.

In her closing address, defence lawyer Paula Rochman pinpointed the blame on Da Silva, whom she accused of lying to implicate her boyfriend to “save herself” from prosecution.


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