Amero asked the juror if he could continue to consider the case fairly. The juror said he could. Amero admonished the reporter but he denied the defense motion for a mistrial.
Henry County Superior Court Judge Brian Amero listens to the defense question the witness during the trial of Jennifer and Joseph Rosenbaum on July 25, 2019. The trial in McDonough began on July 8. (Alyssa Pointerfirstname.lastname@example.org)
AJC reporter Alexis Stevens, who has been covering the trial, later provided a different account. She said her intentions were misunderstood. Stevens said she asked “How’s it going?” as a greeting and was not seeking information about deliberations.
The jury resumed deliberations.
In July 2015, the Rosenbaums took in Laila and her older sister, Millie. Four months later, Laila was dead. On Nov. 17, 2015, Jennifer Rosenbaum called 911 to report that the toddler was choking on a chicken nugget, according to investigators.
Jennifer and Joseph Rosenbaum wait for closing arguments during their trial in front of Henry County Judge Brian Amero at Henry County Superior Court on July 26, 2019. Their trial began on July 8 in the death of 2-year-old foster child Laila Daniel. (Alyssa Pointeremail@example.com)
But Laila's little body told a different story, according to medical staff and the GBI. She had extensive bruising and died from blunt force trauma to the abdomen. At the time of Laila's death, 4-year-old Millie also had bruises, but not as severe, according to testimony during the trial.
The Rosenbaums have claimed Laila’s death was an accident and the result of CPR and the Heimlich maneuver being performed incorrectly.
Jennifer Rosenbaum, a former law student and candidate for Henry County commissioner, faces charges of malice and felony murder, child cruelty, aggravated assault and aggravated battery. Joseph Rosenbaum, who previously worked for the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office, is charged with second-degree murder, accused of leaving Laila in his wife’s care when he allegedly knew she was abusing the child.
The Rosenbaums face a total of 49 counts and are currently free on bond.
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