Jury in Cheyenne Mom’s Murder Trial to Resume Deliberations
The jury in the case against a Cheyenne mother accused of killing her 16-month-old son will continue deliberating tomorrow (Friday).
Trial testimony and closing arguments in the Sabrina Sawicki murder case wrapped up at 3:30 p.m. this afternoon, and jurors deliberated for two hours before deciding to reconvene in the morning.
The 25-year-old Sawicki is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse in the April 2017 death of her son, K.T. She's facing life in prison if convicted.
Court records say the boy was taken to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center on April 24 and then flown to Children's Hospital Colorado where he was taken off life support on April 27.
An autopsy determined the boy died from "abusive head trauma" consistent with "shaken baby syndrome."
"This was no accident," said Laramie County District Attorney Jeremiah Sandburg in his final remarks to the jury, adding that K.T.'s injuries were "not the result of an accidental fall" or "accidental head bump walking through a doorway."
Sandburg also disputed the defense's argument that the boy accidentally drowned in the tub while he was taking a bath with his brother.
"First responders did not observe anything that K.T. would have drowned," he said. "And drowning doesn't explain the injuries in K.T.'s head."
But Sawicki's attorney, Cassie Craven, fired back, saying the fact that water was found in the boy's lungs should have been looked at in more depth.
"Where would water inhalation come from besides the bathtub," she said, arguing that there was "no evidence that a violent crime occurred."
"The state can't tell us what happened," said Craven. "No evidence. No crime."
Should the jury find Sawicki not guilty on both counts, they could convict her of a lesser charge of reckless endangering.