“Small, skinny with bruises”, that is how two police officers describe the girls in the Goforth case.
The first responders are testifying to what they saw when they first came across the two girls who were in the care of Tammy and Kevin Goforth.
The Regina couple is on trial for killing a four-year-old and injuring a two-year-old.
Sgt. Derek Lamer first saw the four-year-old at the Regina General Hospital on the night of Aug. 1 2012.
He testified to her being “small, petite, not conscious, skinny, with bruises all over her body, and hooked up to machines”.
He ordered police units to the Goforth home, and when officers arrived, they saw a blue Ford Ranger driving away. A search on that car led them to another home where the two-year-old girl was located.
Sgt. Shelly Sulymka was the first to arrive with the mobile crisis unit at that address on the same night.
Sulymka testified she found the two year old in bed, “she appeared slight, with bruising”.
She says the girl was lying on her back in a bed, in a sleeveless nightgown, covered from the lower chest down. She also had bandages and gauze on her left leg.
When the girl was carried to the kitchen, Sulymka said, “she sat on the floor, she was – what I would call, non-responsive, she didn’t blink, she didn’t acknowledge anyone around her and she didn’t move”
“She sat on the floor, she was – what I would call, non-responsive, she didn’t blink, she didn’t acknowledge anyone around her and she didn’t move” – Sgt. Sulymka
The officer testified she had “slightly wet hair as if she had been bathed earlier in the day”.
Under cross-examination, Lamer admitted that when he saw the Goforth’s at the hospital, they were “curled up on the sofa together, crying”.
At that point someone from the public gallery muttered, “phony”.
Const. Brittany Dunford was the last to appear on the witness stand on Thursday. She testified to what she saw at the Goforth home when she arrived.
“I wouldn’t call it complete disarray, but blankets were made into a make-shift bed on the living room floor.” – Const. Brittany Dunford.
“I wouldn’t call it complete disarray, but blankets were made into a make-shift bed on the living room floor,” she told the court.
Tension remains high in and out of the courtroom as family members for both the accused and victims enter and exit each day.
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