The Goforth trial in Regina wrapped up an emotionally charged week on Friday, hearing from a pediatrician who attended to the four-year-old girl who died in 2012.
On day five of the second-degree murder trial of Tammy and Kevin Goforth, Dr. Abdulhafid Ali Essalah told court the girl was in cardiac arrest when the couple brought her to the emergency room on Aug. 1 of that year and was not breathing.
"My goal at that time was just to bring her back to life," Essalah said. He said she was covered in bruises and in kidney failure.
He also described her as emaciated: "Just skin and bone."
The girl was intubated so a machine could breathe for her and Essalah began cardiac massage with his fingers.
He testified it took 15 minutes to get her heart beating, and it did start beating, but it was too late — the girl was essentially brain dead.
The girl's mother was in the courtroom. She cried softly throughout the testimony.
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Also testifying Friday was Const. Kayla Dunford, who was called to the General Hospital for a report of an assault.
When she arrived, she told court, she saw the 4-year-old lying in a bed with nurses and doctors around her.
"She was tiny," she said.
She had multiple bruises and abrasions all over her body, including her forehead, the bridge of her nose, chin, collarbone, knees and back.
The jury has heard that blood tests indicated the girl had been sick for a while before she was brought in.
Jurors have already learned that the four-year-old was suffering from malnutrition and dehydration.
She was taken off life support and died on Aug. 2, 2012.
The Goforths are also accused of injuring her younger sister, 2, who was also in their care.
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Both children had been in the care of the Goforths since late 2011.
In previous testimony, jurors heard that the two children were in seven different homes in 18 months after being taken into care by officials in 2010.
The trial before Justice Ellen Gunn and a jury is expected to continue for another two weeks.