'It happened so fast,' witness tells murder trial in death of toddler

Facebook photo of Marissa Whalen. Mar 18, 2014. (St. Catharines Standard/QMI Agency)

Facebook photo of Marissa Whalen. Mar 18, 2014. (St. Catharines Standard/QMI Agency)

Karena Walter, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:12 AM ET

HAMILTON, Ont. -- Everything happened so fast after two-year-old Marissa landed in the bathtub.

Rainbow Hill says she picked her up. Called the child's name. Yelled for the toddler's mother, Roseanne Whalen. Laid the girl on the floor.

Someone gave Marissa mouth-to-mouth, but Hill can't recall who. It may have been her, it may have been Whalen.

Both women, she agreed, were in hysterics, weeping and crying.

But before they even knew for sure that the toddler was dead, a call to 911 to come to their Fort Erie, Ont., home was cancelled.

"You knew she was dead?" Whalen's lawyer Geoffrey Hadfield asked Hill in the second-degree murder trial of Roseanne Whalen on Wednesday.

"I don't know," answered Hill, the Crown's first witness.

"It's possible the child was alive?" the lawyer asked.

"Anything's possible," Hill said. "We both believed she had passed."


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