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May 7, 2008
Bunnell trial: Spilled milk and yogurt, then a beating
PROVIDENCE -- The babysitter whom Katherine S. Bunnell hired to care for her children the night 3-year-old Thomas "T.J." Wright was killed took the witness stand this morning to describe the beating that left the boy within an inch of his life.
Kayla Roderick, who was 15 the night of the Oct. 30, 2004, beating, testified in Providence County Superior Court that Bunnell screamed, "What happened to my (expletive) house? What is that all over the floor?" when she returned home around 2:30 a.m. to find some milk, yogurt and a mixing bowl on the living room carpet.
Then, according to Roderick's testimony, Bunnell, 24, and her then-boyfriend Gilbert Delestre, now 27, took turns beating T.J.
Roderick testified she heard several loud slaps from the upstairs bedroom where Delestre had gone to waken T.J. Then, she said, she saw Delestre carry T.J. down the staircase and push him to the floor at the bottom of the stairs.
The testimony was offered on the second day of Bunnell's trial on charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder. She and Delestre each face the same charges but are being tried separately. Both are being held at the ACI.
The beating took place in Bunnell's Woonsocket apartment and left T.J. -- who was Bunnell's nephew and one of three children in her custody -- so badly injured that he was declared brain dead and taken off life support at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence the next day.
-- With reports from Journal staff writer John Castellucci
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