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MASON CITY, Iowa - Several witnesses took the stand to share their accounts of that day, but visual evidence painted a much more vivid picture.
Opening statements began today in a trial involved charges of child endangerment resulting in death.
Kenneth Adams, of Mason City, is charged in the death of his 19-month-old son, Owen, last October.
Members of law enforcement, and Kenneth’s wife took the stand today to discuss what happened that afternoon.
In a conversation recorded by an officer on that day, Kenneth Adams can be heard explaining to his boss, why he can’t make it in to work.
It’s a tough moment for family and friends in the courtroom.
“My son just died okay, he’s dead. I’m not coming in. Okay? I’m really emotional and I don’t want to take it out on you okay,” said Adams.
Officers on the stand today are describing what it was like to enter the Adams home and say when they went inside, they had no idea what to expect, but were even more surprised by Kenneth’s reaction.
Assistant Cerro Gordo County Attorney, Blake Norman explains.
“The first thing when they walked in was that the defendant goes, “I can’t handle this” and then walks into the other room, leaving Owen down on the floor,” said Norman.
Another witness to take the stand is Tiffany Adams, Kenneth’s wife and the mother of Owen.
She tells the jury her struggle to get into her home the day her son died.
“I informed Kenneth and the officer who also tried to get me to stay outside that my kids were in the house and that there was nothing short of arresting me that he can do to keep me out of the house and away from my sons,” said Tiffany.
Those of the defense say that despite any evidence pointed at Kenneth, they believe the jury will make the right decision in the end.
“We are confident that at the close of the case, you will find that Ken did not knowingly do an act which created that real risk. He didn’t know his act of calming his child down would create the result that it did,” said Defense Attorney, Susan Flanders.
Friday, jurors will get a chance to view the Adams interview conducted by the Division of Criminal Investigation.
They’re saying the video will help shed more light on Kenneth’s reactions after hearing the tragic news.