Crime

State rests in Rock Hill infant death case

Quentin Evans, 26, sits in court during the first day of his trial. Evans was charged with homicide by child abuse in the death of his 6-week-old daughter, Kaidence, in January 2014.
Quentin Evans, 26, sits in court during the first day of his trial. Evans was charged with homicide by child abuse in the death of his 6-week-old daughter, Kaidence, in January 2014. rsouthmayd@heraldonline.com

Prosecutors rested their case Wednesday in the trial of Quentin Evans, a 26-year-old Rock Hill dad charged with homicide by child abuse in the death of his 6-week-old daughter Kaidence in January 2014.

On the third day of the trial at Moss Justice Center, Rock Hill police Detective Bruce Haire testified about his investigation into Kaidence’s death and subsequent arrest of Evans several hours later.

Prosecutors allege Evans was caring for Kaidence when she suffered violent injuries, including bruising, a broken collarbone and internal bleeding along her spine and inside her skull, causing her death.

Evans’ attorney, Dave Cook, has reiterated Evans’ story that the baby was injured when she fell off his bed and got stuck between the bed and the wall of his Wright Street residence sometime before 6:36 a.m. on Jan. 23, 2014, when he called 911.

“It was quite obvious that things did not happen in the way (Evans) described,” Haire said.

During Haire’s testimony, tapes were played of interviews between Haire and Evans before his arrest and a summary of Evans’ formal statement was read.

The jury then listened to the entire police interview, which was more than two hours long, at Cook’s request.

Haire testified there were inconsistencies in Evans’ recounting of events each time he told it. He also talked about details of the baby’s injuries that investigators hadn’t told him yet and told Haire he knew the baby’s collarbone was broken.

A forensic technology expert also testified Wednesday, showing the jury photos from Evans’ smartphone of Evans smoking something at 10:36 p.m. the night before the incident and making a phone call to “Baby Momma” at 3:44 a.m.

Evans had told investigators he smoked a blunt the afternoon before Kaidence’s death. On Tuesday in court, Kaidence’s mother, Kierra Banks, testified that her number matched the number of “Baby Momma.”

Evans had signed a consent form to allow officers to search his phone.

Late Wednesday afternoon, 16th Circuit Solicitor Kevin Brackett and Deputy Solicitor Willy Thompson rested their case.

Judge J. Derham Cole ruled there was “more than enough evidence” to proceed.

Evans’ attorney Cook began the defense’s case by bringing three “character witnesses” to the stand.

Each testified that Evans was a good man and that they didn’t think he was capable of killing his daughter.

Evans is expected to testify Thursday.

Rachel Southmayd •  803-329-4072

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