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MASON CITY, Iowa – Revealing interview footage along with powerful images from an autopsy report, are the last arguments in the trial of Kenneth Adams of Mason City.
It’s the second week in the trial of Kenneth Adams, the mason city man charged with “child endangerment resulting in death.”
On this day, footage of a demonstration by the Division of Criminal Investigation and Adams, shows a vivid picture of how investigators say Adams may have played a part in the death of his son.
“I may have prevented him from moving the rest of his body adequately, but I did not hold him down,” said Kenneth Adams.
By using Adams’ own furniture, investigators asked Kenneth to re-create his actions in trying to calm Owen down during the child’s temper tantrum.
After hours of case study, there was only one conclusion on the minds of investigators.
“Case facts clearly show that you’re responsible for Owen’s death,” Chris Callaway, Investigator with the Division of Criminal Investigation.
Later a medical examiner explains why he too believes this is a homicide.
“By placing the child face first into the pillow, those two areas that can allow air to the lungs are blocked,” said Dennis Klein, Deputy Medical Examiner with the Iowa Office of State Medical Examiners.
Although despite the evidence, investigators focused on forgiveness.
“They will forgive, they will understand. Everybody has been to the place that you’ve been. Everybody has had moments where they do things they wouldn’t normally do,” said Callaway.
Tomorrow jurors will hear closing arguments from both sides and will deliberate from there.
If convicted, Adams faces several years behind bars.