Sofia Nino had a habit of striking her three-year-old son, when the child wet himself, the Beach Park woman's boyfriend testified Wednesday.
Jason Taylor told jurors that he witnessed Nino hitting her son, Aziriah Nino, several times in the days leading up to the child's Memorial Day 2008 death, including one instance when she broke a plastic hanger while spanking the boy.
Taylor, who lived with Nino intermittently last year, said he became concerned with her hitting Aziriah, and at one point he spoke to her about it.
"Most of the time when he peed his pants, he got spanked," Taylor said.
"I told her she needed to stop hitting," said Taylor adding that Nino felt remorse afterwards. "She felt bad, ya know," Taylor said in court.
On the night of the alleged fatal beating, Nino was entertaining a handful of family members at her home, when the child wet himself again. That's when Taylor and others told police that she took the three-year-old into the bathroom and they heard screams. Later Aziriah came out of the bathroom and took a nap, but never woke up.
Taylor discussed in court how he discovered the body the following day and attempted to revive Aziriah by shaking him and rushing him to the shower to pour water on him. On the way to the shower Aziriah's limp head struck the bathroom door and Taylor said he heard a loud thump. Taylor said he never told anyone about the child's head hitting the door.
After a few moments in the shower, Taylor called 9-1-1 and Aziriah was rushed to Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan, before being transferred to Children's Hospital in Milwaukee, where he died the next day.