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Day 4 of the Brent Benefield Trial

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Brent Benefield was back in the 30th District Court for charges of killing his own son. The official charge was listed as Injury to a Child Causing Death and Assault Causing Bodily Injury to a Family Member for Alleged Continuous Violence Against his Wife.

Benefield pleaded not guilty in the death of his four month old child found inside the Benefield home located in the 4300 block of McNiel in Wichita Falls.

The trial began with the prosecution playing tape from Benefields 911 call on February 8th, 2012.

While the tape was being played you could see and hear Benefield tearing up, two of Benefields family members, wearing blue ribbons, were also tearing up as the tape was played.

Detective Todd Henderson of the Wichita Falls Police Department Crimes Against Children Unit took the stand to testify. Henderson said that all other suspects were eliminated because Benefield was the victims caregiver at the time they believe the injuries occurred.

The prosecution played two taped interviews between Benefield and Henderson. During one of the interviews taken just hours after the initial 911 call, Benefield refers to the child as "it". Detective Henderson said that Benefield's description of the child as an inanimate object was concerning to him.

The prosecution also called in medical experts from Cooks Children's Medical Center where the child was transferred.

Both medical experts said that their injuries were the result of non-accidental trauma.

The child suffered from fractures of bones on the arms, legs and ribs. They also said that there was evidence of a ligament injury to his spine, retinal hemorrhaging in both eyes.

Ophthalmologist Dr. Michael Hunt said "shaking can result in retinal hemorrhaging."

The trial took a recess after 4:35 p.m. and will convene at 9:00 a.m. on Monday.

Jack Carney Newschannel6

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