Hours before 2-year-old Jaques Twinn was pronounced dead in York Hospital from numerous injuries, his unpaid baby sitter called a woman he barely knew and made an ominous statement, according to trial testimony Tuesday.
Aric Shayne Woodard called Niesha "Brandy" Mayes about 7:30 a.m. that day, Mayes testified.
Mayes said she knew of both Woodard and Jaques' mother, Hayley Twinn, but wasn't friends with either of them. She said Twinn was her sister's friend.
"I had a conversation with Shayne (that morning). ... He was looking for Hayley," Mayes told jurors. "He wanted to know where she was."
Mayes described Woodard as being very angry, cursing and speaking loudly on the phone.
"He said, 'If she doesn't come get her f--ing kids, she's gonna be sorry,'" Mayes testified.
The case: Woodard, 40, of West Jackson Street, is facing a possible death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder in the Nov. 7, 2011, death of Jaques.
He regularly baby-sat Jaques and the boy's 1-year-old sister, according to York City Police, who said Woodard was watching the siblings at a home in the 100 block of West Boundary Avenue when Jaques was beaten.
Police allege Woodard, who goes by Shayne, left the children alone to go to a nearby store and that when he returned, he assaulted the child after realizing Jaques had smeared feces all over himself.
Woodard had feelings for the children's mother, Hayley Twinn, but she did not reciprocate,
"(Woodard) became frustrated that day," Clarkson has said. "He knew she was out with somebody else, and he realized she was using him to watch her kids while she was out with another guy."
With a man: Twinn testified Monday that she left her children with Woodard on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, and didn't go back for them the next day because she was running errands and spent much of the night with a local taxicab driver.
Twinn is charged with two counts of child endangerment for leaving her children with Woodard. Police say she knew she was leaving them in what was essentially an abandoned house in poor condition.
Also testifying Tuesday was Dr. Samuel Land, an Allentown-based forensic pathologist who performed an autopsy on Jaques.
Land pointed out and explained the injuries on the boy's body to jurors, who also were shown photographs of the dead boy.
Numerous injuries: The autopsy determined Jaques suffered wounds to his brain, face, ears, stomach, back, buttocks and legs. He also suffered internal abdominal injuries, officials said.
First assistant district attorney Jennifer Russell said she will call Clarkson to the stand Wednesday morning. She told presiding Common Pleas Judge Michael E. Bortner he might be the prosecution's last witness, and that his testimony is expected to be lengthy.
Defense attorney Joanne Floyd said she expects her defense of Woodard to take several hours.
Bortner said the jury could begin deliberating as early as Thursday.
Floyd has told The York Dispatch there's no definitive answer as to when the injuries were inflicted on Jaques, or who inflicted them.
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