A York Hospital forensic nurse testified at length Friday about the many new and healing injuries suffered by 2-year-old Jaques Twinn as she leafed through photographs of the toddler's battered body.
York City Police allege Aric Shayne Woodard, 39, of West Jackson St., fatally beat Jaques while baby-sitting the boy and his 1-year-old sister on Nov. 7 at a home in the 100 block of West Boundary Avenue.
At a preliminary hearing Friday, District Judge Ronald Haskell II determined enough evidence exists for Woodard to stand trial on his homicide charge.
Registered nurse Emily Huggins testified hospital personnel were told Jaques had nearly drowned. But an autopsy determined he was beaten to death, police said.
Huggins spoke about wounds to Jaques' face, ears, stomach, back, buttocks and legs.
He suffered a new brain injury as well as an old one, and also suffered internal abdominal injuries, according to senior deputy prosecutor Jennifer Russell.
Photos show the abdominal injuries caused the toddler's stomach to swell significantly.
Wipes eyes: Woodard looked away as defense attorney Joanne Floyd paged through the photos, then wiped his eyes.
Under cross examination, Huggins said she could not determine when the wounds were inflicted, and agreed it's possible at least some happened before Jaques was dropped off to be baby-sat.
York City Detective Al Clarkson, who was lead investigator in the case, previously said Woodard had feelings for Jaques' mother, Hayley Twinn, but she did not feel the same. He also said Woodard considered the children his own.
"(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. Whether that's the reason he snapped and did this? Well, that's something we're going to have to try to prove."
Twinn did not return a message seeking comment.
"From people we interviewed, we learned it was an ongoing thing that she left her kids with Woodard," Clarkson said.
Mess made: He said Woodard told him he'd left Jaques and his baby sister alone and gone to a nearby store. Woodard said when he returned, he found Jaques sitting on the kitchen floor, smearing feces all over himself, according to Clarkson.
"(Woodard indicated) he was very frustrated when he walked in the house and saw Jaques in that situation," Clarkson said.
Woodard said he "smacked" the boy, "snatched him up by the ear" and led him to the stairwell, then ordered him to go upstairs and clean himself, Clarkson testified.
Unresponsive: Woodard told detectives when he checked on Jaques, the boy was sitting in the bathtub, slumped over and unresponsive, according to Clarkson.
Clarkson said he determined Woodard was the only adult with Jaques between about 8 p.m. Nov. 6 and when 911 was called about 2:30 p.m. Nov. 7.
But Floyd said she doesn't believe her client beat Jaques and that the defense will conduct a "vigorous investigation."
"There's no definitive answer as to when those injuries were inflicted," she said, or who inflicted them. "I'm just not convinced."
But Russell said the prosecution is comfortable they can prove Woodard is responsible.
Woodard, who goes by Shayne, remains in county prison without bail. His formal arraignment is set for June 1.
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