In the original trial, a central piece of ‘evidence’ presented to the jury was that little Bryan had bruises all over his body. This was brought forward by the prosecution to support their argument that little Bryan had been beaten before his death.
However, recent evidence and research show that marks on Bryan’s body have other reasonable explanations. Furthermore, recent testimony from the pathologist Dr Riddick suggests that the evidence presented to the jury in 2000 had been misrepresented.
A picture of black and blue marks on little Bryan’s lower back was presented to the jury in the 2000 trial. It was presumed by both prosecution and defence that these were bruises. The defence team ignored Tasha stating to them that these were in fact birthmarks that had been seen on other children in the family.
These birthmarks are called Dermal melanocytosis. They are more commonly known as Mongolian spots. The birthmarks are bluish-greyish and, therefore, sometimes mistaken as bruises. They are frequently found on the lower backs of young infants and toddlers which fits the description of the marks on Bryan’s back. This was affirmed in 2018 when Dr Riddick testified that the marks on Bryan’s back were Mongolian spots.
“Over the buttocks and left thigh are zones where the skin is bluish, an incision is made but no hemorrhage is present beneath these.”– Dr Riddick’s autopsy report of little Bryan (1997)
Dr Odom, the ER doctor, testified in 2000 that he had seen bruises underneath the toddler’s armpits. He stated that ‘there were various stages of resolving bruises under his armpits. Some were three to five days old, and some were within 24 hours’. He then stated that this was in line with Dr Riddick’s autopsy report. This caused the jury to believe that this child had been beaten before he had been killed.
However, unknown to the jury, Dr Riddick’s autopsy report never found bruises under Bryan’s armpits. This was certified by Dr Riddick’s testimony in 2018 where he stated that he never documented injuries under little Bryan’s armpits. Dr Odom’s testimony in Tasha’s trial was false.
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