MONROE, N.C. -- An emotional first of testimony in the trial of the Union County man accused of severely beating his 3-year-old stepdaughter.
On Wednesday, jurors heard the 911 call made by Joshua Houser; a frantic Houser says that Kilah Davenport had fallen and hurt herself. He said she was unconscious but breathing.
Jurors also heard from several witnesses who took the stand including 911 operator, Richard Underwood. Underwood testified that he sent a secure message to a Union County Sheriff detective as he took the call from a frantic sounding Houser.
He said he sent the message because the call "made me very uncomfortable".
Under cross examination from defense attorney Miles Helms, Underwood said that he did not know who could have caused the injuries to Kilah, because you can never know.
Jurors also heard from several first responders who said that when they arrived at the Houser house they found Houser at the gate in his truck with Kilah lying on the seat. He drove to the gate because it was locked and he wanted to make sure they could get in.
The most emotional moment of the trial so far was after the jury saw video of a smiling Davenport a few months before her injuries; meanwhile, her grandmother, Leslie Davenport, held her in front of jurors. Several were emotional and a few wiped away tears.
Outside court, Houser's aunt, Charlotte Maynard, spoke and said she is saddened by what happened to Kilah but her nephew is innocent.
"Josh was not guilty of what he is being charged with. That will come out in court [and] is slowly coming to a head to what happened, and it's obvious the Davenports will pick through it and they will figure it out, ‘cause they're smart people," she said.
If convicted, Houser could get up to seven-and-a-half years in jail.