Neighbor: Boys Death Will Always Haunt My Dreams

By Lindsay Nielsen

August 15, 2012 Updated Aug 15, 2012 at 6:28 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Day two of testimony in the murder trial of Veronica Taft ends with disturbing photos of the son she is accused of killing.

A neighbor who tried to save the life of 2-year-old Lyric Taft speaks exclusively to Action News.

Christopher Winans says he still has dreams about the day he tried to revive Lyric Taft.

"Ever since that night I have dreams about him almost every night. It's one of those things that will be with you for the rest of your life. I have two kids of my own so you know I just look at them everyday and as you can see just even talking about it gets me really choked up," said Christopher Winans.

Wednesday he told jurors he had to push past a man in Veronica Taft's home to get to her son on December 30, 2010.

Winans and his wife Linda both told jurors Taft showed little to no emotion at that time.

"It was really tough I mean but basically my heart just took over you know and I just tried doing the best I could even though I saw that there was no response or anything like that. I just tried the best I could," said Winans.

Forensic Pathologist Dr. James Terzian described to jurors injuries he found all over Lyric's body as they viewed autopsy photos, showing bruising, cuts, and scrapes on his head, neck, back, stomach, hands, feet, and face.

Terzian says Lyric died from a series of blunt traumatic injuries, but his cause of death was internal bleeding, mainly from trauma to his abdomen and liver.

He says the trauma is consistent with someone being hit with a long rod like object.

Some family members in the court room and Taft herself shed tears during Terzian's testimony.

"Just justice for Lyric you know, it's two years and that's it you know. It isn't just for Lyric it's for Lyric's family too, the ones that really cared about him. I wasn't able to see any of them and tell them my condolences but my hearts with them," said Winans.

Many questions still remain about the exact time Lyric Taft died.

Dr. Terzian said it could have been roughly around 3 a.m. or earlier.

The Defense says Taft was at work from 11 p.m. until 7 a.m.

"I don't want him just going as another child over here that got lost. His name is Lyric Taft," said Winans.

After being beaten Terzian says Lyric suffered anywhere from one to three hours before he died.

Dr. Terzian and another doctor who treated Lyric told jurors they also observed nail marks on his face and neck.

Testimony in the trial continues Thursday morning in Broome County Court.