Oct 30, 2014
Oct 2, 2014
Sep 25, 2014
Sep 18, 2014
Tot's mom explains inconsistent statements in Roy child assault trial
Defendant Justin Roy, 34, of Albany, is standing trial on a dozen charges, the most serious are felony assault allegations that he caused life-threatening injuries to Downs' 2 1/2-year-old son, Strider Downs Skidgel, when she lived with Roy and her other two sons, 7-year-old Zander and 11-month-old Gallagher, in December of 2011. Roy is accused of keeping Strider in his work shed and at some point, causing the injuries that nearly killed the tot.
Defense Attorney Wade Harwood cross examined Downs, 33, on a number of issues: whether she was drinking the days leading up to Dec. 19, whether she told her son, Zander, to lie, and when had she first discovered bruises on Strider's abdomen.
Referring to a hard copy statement based on her interview with New Hampshire State Police Detective Jeffrey Ardini of the Major Crimes Unit, she was asked if she recalled telling the trooper that she told Zander not to talk about what happened. Downs said she couldn't recall saying that, but did recall telling Zander to be cooperative and tell the truth to child services officials after Strider was brought to Maine Medical Center.
Downs had testified she did notice a bruise on Strider's head but didn't notice the bruises on his abdomen until they arrived at her mother's house in Glen the morning of the alleged assaults.
Harwood referred to a report that stated Downs told the prosecutor she saw Strider's bruises after she packed the kids in the van.
In testimony on Tuesday and again on Wednesday, Downs testified that she was not promised any deal from the state or from law enforcement officers who interviewed her during the investigation. She told officials she did not cause Strider's injuries, and that she was testifying in the case "for my kids."
She has previously been charged with three counts of child endangerment for keeping three of the kids in a cold car on Dec. 18, 2011, and one count of felony witness tampering for allegedly telling Zander in the van on the way to her mother's house on Dec. 19, 2011, not to tell anyone what allegedly happened at the Roy residence.
In other testimony that varied from the original indictment, Downs said Roy tapped, rather than "kicked," Strider in the butt after the boy refused to eat dinner on the evening of Dec. 19. She confirmed under questioning that on the evening of Dec. 18 she saw Justin holding Strider outside warming him up as he brought him into the heated shed.
On Tuesday, the state introduced the contents of three cell phone text messages from Roy to Downs that were sent a week or two prior to the alleged assaults that landed Strider in critical condition. The profanity-filled messages insult the children.
Testimony continues Thursday in Carroll County Superior Court.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Manchester Crimewatch: Man has excuse for missing court in Conway - he was in jail - 0
- Claremont man charged with arson in May fire - 0
- Former Farmington fire chief waives arraignment on theft charges - 0
- $50k bail for two charged with beating pizza delivery man - 0
- Latest round of riot arrests includes 5 Keene State students - 0
- Suspected Pa. cop-killer Eric Frein taken into custody - 0
- Anonymous tip leads to arrest of moose poacher - 0
- Man facing robbery charges sentenced on probation violations - 0
- Victim in Hampton pedestrian crash files lawsuit against driver, town and state - 0
READER COMMENTS: 0
- NHIAA Cross Country: Moskowitz, Kimball primed for Meet of Champions battle - 0
- Salem coach Rich has seen playoff runs from both sidelines - 0
- Monarchs' Schultz leads by example - 0
- Manchester Marathon day to draw about 1,700 runners - 0
- Roger Brown's First and 10: Londonderry vs. Salem is a playoff contest - 0
- Another View - Jeanne Shaheen: What it means to put New Hampshire first - 2
- Another View -- Scott Brown: To change direction, we need to change senators - 6
- Patricia LaFrance: For Hillsborough County Attorney - 1
- Misleading women: Does Kuster think they're bad at math? - 6
Manchester pub crawl leads to arrest of four
- Whom do you think bears the brunt of the blame for the mayhem this weekend in Keene?
- KSC students
- KSC administration
- Visitors from out of town
- A combination of any/all of the above
- Total Votes: 2483