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Forensic pathologist testifies in Kipp trial
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Blunt force trauma, asphyxiation or a combination of the two is the cause of an 18-month-old’s death, a forensic pathologist told jurors Tuesday in the trial of Deanna Renee Kipp.

Kipp is on trial for one count of malice murder, four counts of felony murder, four counts of cruelty to a child in the first degree, two counts of providing false statements to police and one count each of aggravated assault, cruelty to a child in the second degree and concealing the death of another.

In August, Superior Court Judge Andrew Fuller sentenced Stephen Clark West, Kipp’s boyfriend, to life in prison without the possibility of parole, plus 20 years, in the June 2011 death of Kaylee Kipp.

Jordan Greenbaum, medical director of the Child Protection Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, told jurors that Kaylee Kipp’s head had "quite a few" injuries.

Greenbaum, who previously reviewed the autopsy report and photographs at the request of Gainesville police, said there were several bruises in various areas of Kaylee Kipp’s head.

On the rear top portion of the 18-month-old’s head was a "very large bruise" with three separate bruises “a little lower down” she said, as prosecutors displayed some of the photographs for jurors.

There also was bruising with abrasions on the right portion of Kaylee Kipp’s forehead and a bruise at the center of her forehead. There also was a red mark on the neck that could be a bruise, Greenbaum said.

While the autopsy report did not list asphyxiation as the cause of death, or even a possible cause of death, Greenbaum said it could have played a factor.

“My concern is that the blunt impact to the head is not the only thing that caused the death of the child,” she said.
“I think that it’s possible that the child died of blunt force trauma, asphyxiation or a combination of both.”

Greenbaum told jurors that Kaylee Kipp’s brain was “remarkably swollen,” about the weight of a normal adult’s brain.

She said it’s “very possible” Kaylee had been dead for 10 to 12 hours when she was discovered by her older sister about 9 a.m.

The trial will continue Thursday.

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