Man Goes On Trial For Allegedly Beating Infant Son

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Willie Smith was 20 years old when he pleaded guilty to second-degree assault charges after police accused him of shaking his daughter and slamming her against a wall.

He was sentenced to two years in prison.

Fast forward 7 years.

Smith is now accused of similar acts.

This time police say he beat his son from the baby's birth on March 13, 2013 until May 31 of that same year.

It's alleged to have happened at the Pamelia residence Smith shared with the baby's mother, Mary Anne Robinson.

Now he faces these charges:

- first-degree assault
- second-degree assault
- first-degree reckless endangerment
- endangering the welfare of a child

The trial began Monday with jury selection in the morning and opening statements and the first witness in the afternoon.

Tuesday will be key.

That's when Mary Anne Robinson, the prosecution's key witness, will testify.

In his opening statement, Assistant District Attorney Sean Sterling told the jury, "You may not agree with the way Mary Anne lives. This trial is not about her. This trial is about the defendant."

The defense countered with Public Defender Matt Porter telling the jury, "This is absolutely about Mary Anne Robinson. She is the witness."

And according to the defense, the only witness, and one who changed her story.

She's expected to take the stand for the prosecution when the trial resumes Tuesday morning at 9 a.m.

See our earlier report

Thursday, October 23, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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