The injured woman, Jayla Witt, called dispatchers about 7:50 a.m. that December morning, screaming that someone had broken into her Grand Boulevard residence and burned her and the baby.
“Somebody ran in my house,” Witt told dispatchers. “I am burned. Me and my baby are burned.”
Hamilton police say the woman and her 16-month-old son were intentionally doused with hot oil.
But the defense say the injuries to the victims were accidental, according to court documents filed Friday by defense attorney Ched Peck.
“The defendant denies any purpose to cause serious physical harm to Jayla Witt. He denies that he committed an unlawful act and says that it was an accident,“ according to court documents
Witt and the baby are continuing to recover from their injuries. The trial is scheduled to last four days.