Woman accused of cracking child's skull on trial in Dothan

Caitlin Parker, charged with Aggravated Child Abuse, leaves Houston County Courthouse on December 4, 2019.
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Dothan, AL (WTVY)-- A woman charged with inflicting critical injuries on her three year old stepdaughter is on trial this week in Houston County Circuit Court.

In 2016, Caitlin Doneva Parker took the child to a hospital, claiming she appeared to be seriously ill. Emergency crews almost immediately flew Zoey to Birmingham where doctors confirmed she suffered a cracked skull and other injuries.

After questioning Parker, Dothan police charged her with Aggravated Child Abuse.

During opening arguments Wednesday, Assistant District Attorney Seth Brooks told jurors that Parker repeatedly changed her story to investigators.

A UAB medical doctor testified that injuries sustained by Zoey were not consistent with falling from a counter, Parker's final account of what happened.

Defense attorney Clay Wadsworth told jurors he planned to also present expert testimony that will dispute claims of that UAB doctor.

Wadsworth admits that Parker's statements lacked consistency but claims that's because she became frightened and felt intimidated by police.

He also told jurors when Zoe was injured is the first time Parker and her husband Joshua, Zoey's biological father, had his daughter in their home for a full weekend. He indicated that Ms. Parker felt she had failed her husband and Zoe.

The current condition of the child was not revealed during opening arguments.

Court records reveal Joshua and Caitlin Parker divorced several months ago.

If convicted of the child abuse charge, Caitlin Parker would receive between 10 and 99 years in prison.