Terrance Baker Child Abuse Trial

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Updated: 5/16/2013 9:14 am
          Local grandmother Gwendolyn Blackman says her grandson's face is forever scarred because of her daughter's ex-boyfriend's bad temper.
          "They say accident?  I don't think its an accident when you deliberately pick up a brick and throw it at a car," said Blackman.
        That was the argument in Terrance Baker's child abuse trial.
        He's accused of throwing a brick at a moving vehicle with his girlfriend and two children inside in 2011.
        The brick hit one of the kids in the face and he had to have surgery and stitches to his eye.
        David Barrow, Baker's attorney, says it isn't child abuse.
        "There's still no evidence that Mr. Baker intended to harm Diangelo.  In fact evidence shows it was an accident that the brick hit Diangelo Miller," said Barrow.
        State attorney Charlie Minors says otherwise.
        "He knew there were children there.  He knew he would put them in danger if he threw a brick at the vehicle and he chose to throw the brick and he indeed struck one of the children.  That's why it's child abuse," said Minors.
     When it came time for Baker to take the stand he didn't seem sure whether or not he wanted to testify.
        He hesitated for few moments, before finally saying he wouldn't testify.
         The child's grandmother says Baker was much more vocal on the first day of the trial.
        "He walked out of this courtroom yesterday, 'I'm free, I'm free.'  Is that remorse?  Not to me," said Blackman.
        Baker's self proclaimed "freedom" has yet to be decided.
        A jury will deliberate Thursday morning to determine Baker's fate.
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