A doctor who examined 5-year-old Talia Williams for signs of possible child abuse four-and-a-half months before her death looked at only two marks on the girl’s body, Army investigator Michael Parker testified Wednesday morning in the murder trial of the girl’s father, former Schofield Barracks soldier Naeem Williams.
Williams, 34, is on trial for the July 16, 2005 child-abuse murder of his daughter and is facing the death penalty for killing a child through child abuse or as part of a pattern and practice of abuse and torture.
Parker said the doctor looked at two round marks on Talia’s body where dried skin appeared to be flaking off. One was on Talia’s thigh and the other was at the bottom of one the girl’s buttocks.
He said the doctor concluded that there was no evidence of child abuse and that the marks were caused by desquamation, a skin ailment. He said the doctor also said the marks could also have been caused by bug or spider bites. Parker told the doctor that’s what Talia said caused the marks.
Parker said neither he nor the doctor looked for injuries on Talia’s arms.
On Tuesday, two workers at the child care facility on Schofield Barracks said they saw bruises on both of Talia’s arms. The bruises were concealed under Talia’s long-sleeve shirt.
Chasi Adamany testified that a bruise on one arm was in the shape of a wooden spoon and bruises on the other arm looked like finger impressions.
Summer Kaopuiki testified that she was present when the doctor examined Talia and thought the doctor did not take the examination seriously. She said the doctor told her that because Talia is mentally retarded, she could be clumsy.