Chloe Lynn Senseman was alive for just 62 days.
During her short life, prosecutors say, the infant suffered a broken leg, arm, several ribs and the injury that ultimately caused her death, a blow to the head.
More than a year and a half after her death, Chloe's parents, Benjamin and Laura Senseman, are scheduled to stand trial today in Boone Circuit Court on murder and abuse charges.
"We're not talking about an isolated incident
where these people, one or both of them together, killed their daughter, we are talking about weeks of abuse
in the household where she was being taken care of by these two people," Assistant Kenton Commonwealth's Attorney Stephanie Kastner said during a pretrial hearing last month.
Chloe died July 12, 2009 - one day after her two-month birthday - at St. Elizabeth Florence after her father called 911 for help when she stopped breathing at the family's Hebron home. An autopsy showed she died from blunt force trauma to the head. The medical examiner also found several partially healed injuries
, including a broken arm, leg and six broken ribs.
A day after the baby's death, Benjamin told a Boone County Sheriff's detective that he shoved the baby's head into the corner of a playpen
. The 32-year-old was arrested and charged with murder.
Prosecutors initially charged the couple with one count of murder, but last month a grand jury indicted both Sensemans on a charge of first-degree criminal abuse
. The charge relates to the injuries the baby suffered in the weeks before the fatal injuries, Kastner said.
Neither Zevely nor Scott would comment on their clients' defenses, but at a pretrial hearing, Scott noted that one defense could be that Laura Senseman was charged because she refused to testify against her husband when he would not take a plea deal.
Another possible defense is that the couple's then-2 Ĺ year-old son, Cole, injured the baby.
Kastner said during a pretrial hearing last week that she understands that the defense plans to call witnesses to testify about a change in the boy's behavior after the baby's death.
The trial, which is expected to last at least five days, could become a battle of medical experts. Each side plans on calling doctors to give their assessment of what happened to Chloe.
The medical examiner, a neuropathologist and a radiologist will testify about Chloe's injuries for the prosecution. Medical experts are expected to testify that Chloe was injured at least three separate times, Kastner said at last week's hearing.
The defense also plans to call Dr. John Pless, an Indiana pathologist who studies the differences between accidental and intentionally inflicted wounds. The defense also intends to call at least 19 other witnesses, Zevely said.