Testimony got underway in the Clayton Mibroda criminal homicide trial yesterday in Westmoreland County Court. Mibroda is charged with causing the death of his 20-day-old daughter in December 2011, and yesterday’s witnesses included Indiana County CoronerMike Baker, Indiana Regional Medical Center ER Doctor Michael Stalteri, and two Citizens Ambulance paramedics who treated tiny Natalie Mibroda at the mobile home in West Bolivar.
Also taking the stand was Kayla Lichtenfels, the baby’s mother, who told the jury that she when she arrived home from a doctor’s appointment and wanted to feed Natalie, Mibroda refused to give her up, so she called her grandmother, who saw that the infant was unresponsive and called 911 from a neighbor’s house because there was no phone service at the trailer. Janet Lichtenfels testified that she gave CPR instructions to Mibroda, who was now sitting in the front seat of a car attempting to revive the baby.
Dr. Stalteri testified that Mibroda was relatively calm, just getting teary a bit when he tried to console Kayla Lichtenfels, whom the doctor said was much more upset.
Coroner Baker said he suspected there might have been trauma that led to the baby’s death, and that Mibroda did not want an autopsy to be performed. The autopsy showed extensive blunt force trauma to the head and chest, some of the injuries several days old.
In the opening statements yesterday, the prosecution highlighted the several different stories Mibroda gave to investigators to try to explain the baby’s injuries. The defense said Mibroda, just by going to trial, was saying he is not guilty.