Attorney Goes After Medical Examiner in Child Death Case

POSTED: Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 3:38pm

UPDATED: Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 4:40pm

EL PASO- The woman accused of killing a two-year-old girl spent part of the day in court.

Shawntrell Dawkins is charged with capital murder for the death of Milayna Harris two years ago. Dawkins and her husband were in charge of the toddler and her brother while the parents were overseas.


Police went to the Dawkin's home after getting a call that the girl wasn't breathing. Today Dawkins' attorney Stuart Leeds argued the defense should be allowed to cross-examine Dr. Juan Contin, El Paso's Medical Examiner at the time.

Contin performed the autopsy on 2-year old Milayna. Leeds claims Contin never filed the correct paperwork with the county to legally perform an autopsy. The judge has blocked Leeds request to question Dr. Contin.

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