In Baltimore County, Maryland, the first-degree murder trial of John and Susan Griffin is in progress. Pathologist, Zabiullah Ali testified about the cause of Andrew Griffin’s death. It is difficult to believe that parents may be capable of inflicting such horrific abuse on a child that would ordinarily expect to receive love and sustenance from them. The autopsy of Andrew Griffin tells a tragic life story that was filled with pain and suffering. Pathologist Zabiullah Ali described his observations through testimony in Baltimore County Circuit Court. He said that Andrew died from homicide with evidence of blunt trauma wounds too numerous to count. He also said that Andrew starved to death. Andrew was two months shy of his third birthday, yet weighed was a 4-6 month old infant would weigh.
The defendants, John and Susan Griffin had six children between them by the time their trial began. Andrew died on December 26, 2007 at Towson Hospital. His autopsy was conducted the next day. Photographs at the trial told a gruesome story. There were multiple wounds in different stages of delayed healing as Andrew was too malnourished to heal. The pathologist testified that Andrew’s starvation was so advanced that his brain shrunk. There was evidence that he was even beat along the bottom of his feet. He had extensive head injuries as well. And because he was so debilitated he suffered from pneumonia and a blood infection with dehydration. The pathologist said Andrew’s emaciated appearance suggested that he probably could not walk.
Interestingly, while the mother Susan Griffin was in jail pending the trial, the father John Griffin was allowed out on bail.
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