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Rodriguez trial: defense points fingers at ex-boyfriend

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

On Tuesday, the defense pointed the finger at none other than Dillon Flournoy, Madison Rodriguez’s ex- boyfriend.

Rodriguez is accused of assaulting her 1-year-old son and contributing to his death in 2015.

Her lawyer showed the jury Flournoy’s second police interrogation just days after the boy had died. He told detectives he acted as the boy's stepfather and complained he often took better care of the infant than Rodriguez.

However he did admit to detectives the infant had hit his head under his care more than once. In the interview, Flournoy said on one occasion, the child slipped from his hands after a shower, causing the child to hit his head on the toilet. Another time, he told detectives he left the boy unattended on a bathroom counter, only for him to eventually fall on the floor.

"I didn't want to live with the fact that it could have possibly been my fault for doing stupid things... I'm bad at being a dad," Flournoy told police, when they asked why he failed to tell them this information initially. Flournoy maintained the incidents were all accidental and said he loved the 1-year-old like his own.

The defense also called medical examiner Dr. Richard Fries, of Tarrant County, to the stand once again.

Although not the initial medical examiner on the case, Dr. Fries reviewed the autopsy report in January 2020. When asked if he could determine what exactly caused the child's deadly injury, a basular skull fracture, he said he could not.

But he did say the injuries were consistent with a forceful throw to the floor, which according to police reports and Flournoy's testimony, Rodriguez had done during an argument with her then boyfriend.

Dr. Fries also testified injuries like that are usually seen in children that have been in car accidents. 

Flournoy is currently in jail on charges of public intoxication and domestic abuse late last year.If Madison Rodriguez is convicted of aggravated assault, she faces up to life in prison with the possibility for parole.

Closing arguments are expected to begin Wednesday morning.


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