Doctor: Child Had Multiple Bone Fractures

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Jurors heads were in their hands Friday as the forensic pathologist who performed the autopsy on Robert Guinyard Jr. described what she found.

The details came during day four of the trial against the Richland County boy's parents, Courtney Thompson and Robert Antonio Guinyard. Both are charged with homicide by child abuse and unlawful conduct toward a child in connection with his death.

Guinyard died on July 1st of last year. The night he died, incident reports say deputies found Robert face down and unresponsive. An autopsy concluded there was a history of abuse against the child.

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In testimony Friday, Dr. Amy Durso detailed three different bone fractures she found during her autopsy. Robert's left arm and two ribs were fractured, Durso testified, using autopsy photos to show the jury where the breaks were in the bone.

"The majority of the blood loss was in his lower back and buddock," Durso said. "That is beyond anything that could be caused by spanking. This is a hard object hitting this child in order to cause hemorrhage that deep."

She testified one rib fracture was between 10 days and 6 weeks old. The other rib fracture occurred within the 24 hours before Robert died she said.

Durso testified the left arm fracture was 1-2 weeks old.

"These are inflicted, intentionally inflicted injuries to this child," Durso said. "This is cumulative."

After objections from defense attorneys, Judge Robert Hood prohibited the state from putting a number of photos of the alleged abuse in front of the jury.

Defense attorneys argued the state wanted to put the photos in front of the jury to elicit an emotional response.

The photos were taken during the autopsy and showed extreme skin discoloration and blood.

The trial will continue Tuesday.


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