BROOKLYN - An inspector for the Administration for Children?s Services testified Tuesday in the Nixzmary Brown murder trial on behalf of the defense.

Vanessa Rodin told jurors that she thought Nixzmary?s home was safe when she visited it with her supervisor on December 1, 2005 when they were investigating allegations of child abuse. The 7-year-old girl was dead a month later. Cesar Rodriguez, the girl?s stepfather, is on trial for her murder.

Defense attorneys argue that it?s Nixzmary?s mother, Nixzaliz Santiago, who is responsible for the young girl?s death. Santiago will stand trial on murder charges of her own at the conclusion of Rodriguez?s trial.

If convicted, Rodriguez faces 25 years to life in prison.

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