UPDATE: Police officer says Ashley Cameron felt relieved after 'admitting the truth'
Ashley Cameron talks with her attorney Mike Williams during her murder trial
ONAWA, Iowa (KTIV) -
After calling half a dozen witnesses, Wednesday, the state rested its case against an Onawa, Iowa, mother accused of killing her 15-month old son.
Ashley Cameron's attorneys took their turn and began to lay out their defense for her 15-month-old son's death.
"When you lift him up, he would do this thing where he'd arch his back," explained Cameron's sister Brittany.
Evidence of an underlying medical condition, said attorney Mike Williams. He's trying to show that Markis' Dahms drowned in the bathtub after a seizure. But, two police officers testified the bathtub was dry.
"She said it had this much water in it. So, I'm looking for a bathtub with four inches of water in it. The thought went through my head that we must be in the wrong house," said Assistant Police Chief Jim Fouts.
The children's babysitter, who testified Cameron would leave for days and would pay her with food stamps and hair dye, said Cameron gave her a different explanation than she first gave police.
"She did this motion, and 'All I did was put his head under water to wipe the puke off,'" said Haylee Simpson.
She's not the only person Cameron told that story to.
"She described that Markis had vomited and that she went to wash his mouth out with water underneath of the spigot in the bathtub," Chantel Rol, who works for the Department of Human Services testified.
Cameron eventually told this new version to police.
"Did she tell you how she felt after she said that," asked Monona County County Attorney Ian McConeghey.
"She thanked us for getting her to tell the truth, and she said she felt very relieved," Fouts said.
A defense witness, called in an explanation for her changing accounts.
"Ms. Cameron has what we call pervasive developmental disorder, would be similar to autism," said Dr. Rodney Dean, a Sioux City Psychiatrist.
The case is expected to wrap up Friday morning.
Cameron's mother and father are expected to testify Thursday in her defense.
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