Graeme Zielinski - Express-News
Aritzaid Santiago, facing charges of injury to a child, has steadfastly denied violently shaking Nathan Bonano, who today is a few days shy of his third birthday.
Nathan suffered bleeding in his brain and retinas in April 2006 and underwent emergency surgery.
But Santiago's defense team Thursday brought an expert of their own who disputed the conclusions and instead said that because to pre-existing characteristics of his brain, Nathan's injuries could have been caused by merely innocent handling.
Meanwhile, on the third day of her trial in the 226th District Court, a videotape of her tearful 2006 interview with San Antonio police detectives was played for jurors. Depending on the interpretation, the interview, after which Santiago was arrested, was either exculpatory or incriminating.
In the tape, Santiago picked up a teddy bear to demonstrate that she merely tossed the crying baby in the air gently in hopes of stopping his crying.
He noted that the baby did not have any of the common markers of abuse associated with shaken baby syndrome, including fractured bones or bruises.
“I would not have referred this to law enforcement,” Hershberg testified.