BROOKLYN - Brooklyn jurors remained stoic Friday while viewing gruesome evidence at the child abuse trial of Nixzmary Brown's mother.
But Nixzaliz Santiago - who has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, manslaughter and reckless endangerment ? wept as the evidence was presented.
The state Supreme Court jurors saw pictures of the 7-year-old girl's emaciated and bruised body. Prosecutors also showed them a litter box, bungee cords, duct tape and a belt.
There was an audible gasp from the courtroom audience as prosecutors put up the pictures of Nixmary?s bruised and battered body. Most of the jurors sat in silence as the pictures were presented.
The first witness to take the stand in the trial, Erick Nolan, was the first police officer who responded to the family?s Bed-Stuy apartment in January 2006. Nolan testified that he did not see Santiago crying in the apartment, but did think she was behaving frantically.
Authorities say Nixzmary died on Jan. 11, 2006, while being punished for stealing yogurt. Her stepfather, Cesar Rodriguez, was convicted of manslaughter for delivering the fatal blow. Santiago is charged with murder and accused of doing nothing to stop Rodriguez.