Infraction 5: Swimming Pool
One of the implications made by the prosecution was that my father appeared overly-aggressive when teaching his 2-year-old daughter how to swim. I must admit, I too, got the dreaded “You have to learn how to swim” speech. My father was very keen on making sure all his children were comfortable with water, to prevent drowning. I remember his words, as he explained, “One never knows when being able to swim may make a difference between life & death.” With that said, I was also thrown into the swimming pool; however, not in an aggressive manner. At the indication of the slightest struggle or gasp for air, my father would be right there, holding me, teaching me, being patient with me. Although not practiced or approved of today, this was not uncommon. Have any of your parents ever tossed you into a pool in an effort to teach you how to swim? It is what many parents did in the 80s, 90s, & early 2000s. Thus, an innocent swimming lesson should not have been misconstrued as a vicious attack on a 2-year-old child. This is hearsay and cruel to imply. There were videos present & viewed, in which the prosecution pointed out that the witness who accused my father of being aggressive to JG while swimming, was also the same witness laughing & smiling on camera- appearing to be having a fabulous time.
Additional water-related discrepancies in witness testimony:
A) The witness, along with the prosecution, implied that JG’s blood was found in her diaper, after a swimming lesson days after being in my father’s custody- as a suggestion of abuse by my father. However, PER WITNESS’S OWN TESTIMONY, she was the individual to put on JG’s bathing suit prior to her swimming lesson. She was also the individual who first noticed the blood & reported it to my father, who was in total & utter shock. Both individuals immediately took JG to CPS, as well as to a hospital to have her examined. Although it is a fact that all parties were concerned, the witness repetitively beguiled her testimony in which she consistently stated "I" when asked who took JG to CPS. After being provoked by the defense, the witness admitted that she, my father, & another individual “ALL” took my sister to CPS immediately and without hesitation.
After a thorough examination by a medical physician, it was determined & admitted in the witness’s own testimony that JG had not been touched. So why was this even brought up in court?
The witness mentioned during trial testimony that my father was abusing JG & hitting her; however, she also admitted and stated to the medical physician at the hospital that “We had gotten her where she had scabs on her head and that my husband had told me she had been abused.”
To point of view, this consequently puts the abuse narrative even further in question, as CPS would have noticed additional bruises & abruptly determined abuse/torture. Thus, any stories of abuse prior to or up to 5/24/2002 (My high-school graduation) is inaccurate; however, was still used in court for a CAPITAL PUNISHMENT Trial.
B) There were comments made in witness testimony that while taking JG to swim at multiple pools, individuals came up to my father and asked him what happened to her head. In witness statements, it was mentioned that my 6-year-old sister overheard the conversations and repeated them to her mother. She told her mother that my father said “JG was in a car accident with her mother before his custody.” There was no evidence presented at trial to suggest something was wrong with my 2-year-old sister’s head at the time, nor any proof that any of the conversations actually took place. As this was hearsay, it had no relevance in the trial. It was an attempt by the prosecution to shine a deceitful light on my father’s character.
C) It has been proven by medical science that JG officially died from Hypernatremia, due to the ingestion of too much saltwater. In witness testimony, she admits that the family did spend a day at the beach in California. She also states that JG wasn't feeling very well & could barely walk after swimming. Both my father and the witness agreed that JG may have been dehydrated and attempted to treat the symptoms with fluids. We now know that this was the start of Hypernatremia and treating it as only dehydration would not have been enough to prevent the ensuing swelling in the brain.
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