Montana Crime & Courts

Feb 11, 2014 11:30 PM by MTN News - Great Falls

Montana child-abuse trial continues

GREAT FALLS - The trial of Riley James Charlo-Whitworth, is accused of severely beating the 23-month old son of his girlfriend, continued in Great Falls on Tuesday.

Police arrested Charlo-Whitworth and Alexis Paul after they brought the toddler to the hospital in January 2013 with what court documents described as "life-threatening injuries," including severe abdominal trauma and bruising all over his body.

The boy was flown to a Seattle hospital for treatment, and was released to live with his father's family near Missoula.

The jury listened to numerous witnesses, including Great Falls police officers, medical examiners, and family members.

The trauma surgeon who treated the toddler in the Benefis emergency department explained the nature and extent of the child's injuries and medical condition to jury members.

According to the surgeon, the child's injuries were not likely caused from falling down a set of stairs, which is what Charlo-Whitworth initially claimed happened.

The surgeon also explained the child had thrown up blood, which usually requires "wrenching" of the body.

The trial will continue on Wednesday.

Alexis Paul, the mother of the child, has changed her plea to guilty on a charge of felony child endangerment; sentencing for Paul has not yet been scheduled.

Click here to read more about the case.

GREAT FALLS - The trial of Riley James Charlo-Whitworth, is accused of severely beating the 23-month old son of his girlfriend, continued in Great Falls on Tuesday.

Police arrested Charlo-Whitworth and Alexis Paul after they brought the toddler to the hospital in January 2013 with what court documents described as "life-threatening injuries," including severe abdominal trauma and bruising all over his body.

The boy was flown to a Seattle hospital for treatment, and was released to live with his father's family near Missoula.

The jury listened to numerous witnesses, including Great Falls police officers, medical examiners, and family members.

The trauma surgeon who treated the toddler in the Benefis emergency department explained the nature and extent of the child's injuries and medical condition to jury members.

According to the surgeon, the child's injuries were not likely caused from falling down a set of stairs, which is what Charlo-Whitworth initially claimed happened.

The surgeon also explained the child had thrown up blood, which usually requires "wrenching" of the body.

The trial will continue on Wednesday.

Alexis Paul, the mother of the child, has changed her plea to guilty on a charge of felony child endangerment; sentencing for Paul has not yet been scheduled.

Click here to read more about the case.

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