Trial begins for Rome mother accused in infant daughter's death

Day one of the Brooke Renzi trial began on Monday morning after the defense and prosecution selected a jury.

Posted: Oct 28, 2019 6:45 PM
Updated: Oct 29, 2019 9:42 AM

UTICA, N.Y --- Day one of the Brooke Renzi trial began on Monday morning after the defense and prosecution selected a jury.

Brooke Renzi was charged with fatally leaving her 6 1/2 month of child unattended for more than 14 hours,

The prosecution stated in opening statements that Renzi put her child to bed at around 9 p.m. in August of 2018. They were just getting home from a wedding reception.

The prosecution stated that Renzi put Elaina on a box spring mattress on the floor of a bedroom.

They said that Renzi and the father Derek Dyer then went out and smoked marijuana on their porch with friends after putting Elaina to bed. 

According to the prosecution, Renzi would not go and check on her daughter until around 11:30 a.m. this next morning.

The medical examiner stated to the prosecution that the baby died of suffocation after rolling off of the mattress and getting caught between a blanket and a large toy car next to the mattress.

The defense attorney, Matthew Fanelli, stated to the jury that this case will be hard to hear, but said the evidence will show that this was an accident.

"This case is going to be difficult to hear, much of the evidence is going to be difficult to view. Photographs of Elaina after she was found, it's going to be emotional. But at the end of it, I'm convinced that the evidence will show that this indeed was a tragic accident," said Fanelli.

Assistant District Attorney Dawn Lupi stating that the evidence should point out that Renzi's negligence was criminal and preventable.

"The medical examiner will tell you that she died of positional asphyxia, due to unsafe sleep conditions. And that she was probably dead between two to seven hours before she was found. We contend lady's and gentlemen that this was certainly a horrible tragedy. But it was entirely preventable and the defendant's actions on that evening and into the morning of the next day constituted a crime," said Lupi.

The trial continues throughout the week with the presentation of evidence and more witness statements.

Judge Bauer said that the trial could be wrapped up as early as this week.

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