CLEVELAND — Update: Court has recessed for the day on Friday.
The murder trial of Aniya Day-Garrett’s mother, Sierra Day, and her mother’s boyfriend, Deonte Lewis has resumed Friday.
On Friday a registered nurse who was working at Euclid Hopsital on the day Aniya died took the stand. She described Aniya as being "skin and bones and her eyes were wide open, her mouth was wide open."
Lewis and Day both face aggravated murder charges, in addition to a litany of other offenses. They two are being tried together.
In her opening statements Thursday, Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Anna Faraglia said the evidence will show Aniya became withdrawn and was hardly seen by anyone in the days and weeks leading up to her death on March 11, 2018. Faraglia told the jury that the evidence will show Aniya was severely neglected and malnourished.
“It was a long and prolonged death,” Faraglia said. “And the medical examiner will tell you that as a result of blunt force trauma, she suffered a stroke… We will prove that both of these individuals killed this child.”
Aniya’s death prompted months of discontent, protests and, eventually, reform at the Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services.