An accused murderer’s estranged husband testified today at a murder trial in Victoria. Calvin To has details.
The trial of 34-year-old Kaela Mehl entered its second day Tuesday.
Mehl has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of her daughter, 18-month-old Charlotte Cunningham.
On Tuesday, her husband, 30-year-old Daniel Cunningham, testified as a crown witness, ttold court of his troubled relationship with the accused.
Cunningham said Mehl placed heavy restrictions on his time with his daughter and asked him to buy a breathalyzer to use every time Charlotte was passed to him. He told the court she was not willing to communicate with him about the well being of their child.
The jury also heard recordings of child exchanges taken by Mehl. They gave the court a glimpse into a chilly, and at times hostile, relationship, with little trust between the two. The accused sobbed visibly more than once with her head in her arms while the recordings were played.
Court also heard a 911 call placed by Mehl regarding visitation rights. She was heard telling the dispatcher that she had in the past feared for her safety and that she was concerned about Cunningham’s alcohol use.
Yesterday, court heard an agreed statement of facts outlining how Mehl killed her daughter back in September 2015 by giving her sleeping pills mixed with yogurt and then smothering her with a pillow.
The trial is expected to last for three weeks and continues tomorrow.