Ashley Debelbot, facing murder and cruelty to children charges along with her husband Albert Debelbot, testified today that she didn’t kill her 3-day-old child.
Ashley Debelbot was the first witness on the stand this morning, testifying on the third day of her trial. She and her husband are accused of causing the death of their child, McKenzy, in June 2008.
Answering questions posed by her attorney, W. Sander Callahan, Ashley Debelbot said the baby was in her bassinet next to her bed when she fell asleep the night of McKenzy’s death. When she woke a few hours later, she checked on her daughter and saw a bump on her head, she said.
Hours later, McKenzy was dead at Martin Army Community Hospital. On the second day of trial, Dr. Lora Darrisaw testified that the head injuries were consistent with being crushed.
“It takes less than 12 hours and your baby has a crushed skull,” Assistant District Attorney Sadhana Dailey said while questioning Ashley Debelbot. “Why don’t you tell us how that happened?”
Ashley Debelbot said the injury could conceivably have been caused in several ways, reminding jurors about her labor issues that included high-blood pressure.
“You think high-blood pressure crushes a skull?” Dailey asked, then slamming her hand onto a table. “A severe hand blow crushes a skull. Tell us what else crushes a skull.
“It’s either you or your husband,” Dailey said moments later. “Which of you did it?”
“I didn’t do it, and I don’t think my husband did it,” Ashley Debelbot replied.
Jurors are scheduled to reconvene at 1:30 p.m. this afternoon.