A South Dakota judge has ruled that a medical examiner can testify for the prosecution in the case of a woman accused of beating to death a 4-year-old boy because he wet his pants.
Brule County Judge Bruce Anderson has said that the medical examiner who performed the boy's autopsy can be put on the stand in the trial of 23-year-old Donika Gonzales.
The charges against the Gann Valley woman include second-degree murder. She has pleaded not guilty. The defense had asked the judge to bar the medical examiner from testifying.
Authorities say Gonzales was taking care of the boy on February 2013, when incident occurred. The boy was not Gonzales' son.
Gann Valley is about an hour west of Mitchell in central South Dakota.
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