Autopsy photos, 911 calls presented to jury in Kinsley Kinner murder trial

HAMILTON, Ohio (WLWT) — A jury inside a Butler County courtroom Wednesday saw autopsy photos and heard more details regarding the death of 2-year-old Kinsley Kinner.

Kinsley died last December. Investigators said she was beaten while at the home of her mother’s boyfriend, Bradley Young, who is on trial for a murder charge.

Dr. Karen Looman, chief deputy coroner for the Hamilton County coroner’s office, was the first to take the stand on Wednesday. She described Kinsley’s injuries.

“The important thing here is the brain swelled because it was injured from the initial injury. Whether it was multiple blows to the head or rotational injury, or if the child is shaken, twisted, turned,” said Looman. “The brain was initially injured and then her heart stopped, and her brain had no oxygen.”

Some of Kinsley’s family members sat in the gallery and listened to the testimony. They wiped away tears as prosecutors showed autopsy photos.

The pictures showed bruises to Kinsley’s head as well as internal injuries.

“The manner of death is homicide,” Looman said.

During cross-examination, Looman couldn’t say who she suspected of killing Kinsley. She also said she did not detect any fractures on the child.

For the first time on Wednesday, jurors also got to see a photo of Kinsley when she was alive.

The first picture shown in court, showed Kinsley standing on a chair. She was smiling and had a sippy cup and chicken nuggets in front of her.

“She was a very bubbly, outgoing little girl and loved everybody,” Kinsley’s aunt, Tiffany Kinner, said.

She fought back tears as she shared memories of her niece and when she talked about the 2-year-old’s relationship with her mother, Rebekah Kinner.

“They were two peas in a pod. They did everything together. They would cuddle up on the couch and sing songs and play and Kinsley would hug her and say, I love you more, Mommy,” Tiffany Kinner said.

More tears came from Young, the defendant.

He showed emotion when prosecutors played the 911 call Rebekah Kinner made from his home.

“My daughter, she’s coming in and out of consciousness, and she’s not breathing right now,” Rebekah Kinner told a dispatcher. “She’s actually unconscious right now.”

Later on in the call, Young is heard counting as the dispatcher walks him through CPR. When that part was played, Young could be seen wiping his eyes with a tissue. Rebekah Kinner is expected to testify against Young this week. She previously pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and is serving an 11-year sentence.

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