Expert: Child Would Have Lived If He'd Seen Doctor

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A pediatric expert testified Thursday that Robert Guinyard Jr would be alive if he'd seen a doctor the week before he died.

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.

His parents, Courtney Thompson and Robert Antonio Guinyard, are both charged with homicide by child abuse and unlawful conduct toward a child.

During testimony Thursday, the jury heard from experts on the exact type of wound the little boy suffered.

"When the scalp was pulled back, there was evidence of contusions to the scalp," said Dr. Olga Rosa, a child abuse expert at USC.

"A substantial amount of blood, I mean substantial, was found collecting on the soft tissue," Rosa said.

The state plans to rest Friday morning after calling more than 30 witnesses.

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An investigator with the Richland County Sheriff's Department testified about what she heard Thompson say to Guinyard when they were questioned the night after Robert died.

"She (Thompson) would keep repeating the same thing over and over again saying 'I did not do this to my child, I did not do this to my child," said Richland Count Sheriffs Department Investigator Holly Wagner.

A DNA analyst testified blood found in the home and on a white rod that's been entered into evidence both had Robert's blood on him.

The analyst said on cross examination that the age of the blood could not be determined from her analysis.

Defense attorneys for Robert Antonio Guinyard and Courtney Thompson are eager to get in front of the jury in an attempt to share their clients side of the story.

The case will continue into next week.


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