SHELBY, N.C. -- Testimony continued Thursday in the murder case of 2-year-old Jeremiah Swafford.

Police say his stepfather, Dwight Justice, beat him to death in February 2009.

I'm still numb...He's gone, but he's not forgotten, said Jeremiah s aunt, Patty Crotts. I think he was beat to death.

Crotts and Swafford s other aunt, Donna Willis, say sitting through the trial of his accused murderer brings all the pain back.

He don't have no look of remorse, no look of nothing, said Willis.

Justice, Jeremiah's stepfather, is on trial for murder and child abuse after the state claimed the toddler was beaten to death in February of 2009 while at home with Justice and Jeremiah's mother, Kathy Swafford, who is still in jail awaiting her trial.

Swafford told emergency workers Justice fell out of bed earlier in the day and then became unresponsive later, but the state presented medical professionals who treated Jeremiah and say he had severe internal bleeding.

Kids fall out of bed every day, but this child's injuries were consistent to much greater force, much greater trauma than to fall out of bed, said Dr. Paul Pindell with Shelby Emergency Associates.

The defense spent the day cross-examining each witness, trying to poke holes in the state's case that Jeremiah suffered bruises and trauma by the defendant, not a fall from the bed.

They want to make the doctors and lawyers out to be not telling the truth. The paramedics are the ones who responded on the scene, they know what went on, added Crotts.

The state will continue its case Friday morning. Swafford is awaiting her trial in a Cleveland County jail. She is expected to testify at some point in Justice's trial.

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