Sullivan County, Tennessee (WJHL) — An expert in forensic pathology appeared in Sullivan County court Friday afternoon to share new information on the death of toddler Evelyn Boswell. detail.
Evelyn’s mother, Meghan Boswell, has been charged with a string of crimes, including two counts of felony murder. At a hearing on Friday, the court heard arguments about the use of some of the photos as evidence after Boswell’s lawyer Brad Sproles objected to the use of some of the photos.
after listening Testimony of Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents (TBI), Dr. Darinka Mileusnic-Polchan came forward. Mileusnic-Polchan is the chief medical examiner for Knox and Anderson counties. She also has a valid license to practice medicine in Tennessee.
Mileusnic-Polchan said she found Evelyn’s cause of death was asphyxiation in four different places. She also said that, in her opinion, it was a homicide.
exist Earlier testimony of TBI agent Brian Fraleyhe said Meghan Boswell had previously said that Evelyn died in an accident while sleeping with her and her then-boyfriend.
Mileusnic-Polchan refuted the claim, saying Evelyn was too old to die this way and that the circumstances were not conducive to it. According to Mileusnic-Polchan, Evelyn’s airway was “mechanically blocked” in the form of foil, and a blanket was tightly wrapped around her head.
Additionally, Mileusnic-Polcha testified that in the trash can where she was found was another form of suffocation.
She went on to testify that the photos discussed as potential evidence fully described the manner in which Evelyn died, as well as the location and condition of her body where decay had begun.
At that point, Sproles asked the court to provide further testimony until Boswell could see the photos in person. After a 15-minute adjournment, the court continued. She appeared to be crying as Boswell re-entered the courtroom.
Mileusnic-Polchan went on to testify, saying the photos showed clear signs of decay and that Evelyn’s body was placed in a trash can, which was placed in a manner that led to further suffocation. She described the toddler’s placement as an “unnatural fold of the body”.
Mileusnic-Polchan also said that Evelyn’s bodysuit had no zippers, which is why part of her legs and feet were exposed. Fraley previously said he found Evelyn’s body Throwing in the trash after finding her legs and feet.
In her experience, Mileusnic-Polchan has only seen one case where a child of Evelyn’s age died after being crushed by an adult. That case was ruled a homicide, she said. She went on to say that Evelyn was “well developed” at the time of her death, further refuting Meghan Boswell’s claim that she died in an accidental co-sleeping incident.
Mileusnic-Polchan described several of the photos as disturbing, particularly Exhibit 23, which she said showed a thick woolen blanket wrapped tightly around Evelyn’s head. She further details how organisms such as flies and maggots damage the carcass during the decomposition process.
During Sproles’ cross-examination of Mileusnic-Polchan, he cited other photos. She said the photos were not contested as evidence and were insufficient to give the jury a sense of the severity of the asphyxiation and alleged murder. Nor do they show the level of effort it took to remove layers and other elements from Evelyn’s remains.
While still on the booth, Mileusnic-Polchan said the maggot infestation and decay prevented inspectors from determining whether blunt force trauma was a factor in Evelyn’s death, but the bones did not show damage.
The photos did not show open wounds, blood or facial expressions, District Attorney General Barry Staubs said during the final argument. He argues that all the pictures in the homicide are disturbing but not overly creepy without giving the full picture.
Sproles disagreed, pointing to the fact that forensic pathologists found the images disturbing. He said he believed the jury would have an emotional response to seeing them, which would hinder their ability to make rational decisions.
Judge James Goodwin looked at each photo individually after hearing closing arguments. One photo, Exhibit 16, was omitted after Goodwin said something “absolutely bothered” him and made him worry about jury members. Another, Exhibit 14, was banned after Goodwin said it accumulated with another.
Exhibits 20-22 are ruled cumulative and not allowed. Exhibit 23 is described as a close-up of Evelyn’s face after layers have been removed, but is prohibited.
Due to some of these details, Goodwin requested that Exhibit 25 be presented in black and white.
Among the photos involved, exhibits 12, 13, 15, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, and 26 are allowed as evidence.
Goodwin said the next court date is set for Dec. 16 at 1:30 p.m.
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