The jury hearing the second-degree murder trial of Jeffery Tippett heard from four witnesses this morning. The first two witnesses called were the two paramedics who responded to the residence Tippett shared with his partner Tanya Tulk, where the couple was caring for 11-month-old Tameron Rose and their own infant son, Julian, on Jan. 30, 2007.
While paramedic Gary Rogers’ main role on this call was to drive the ambulance and assist with equipment, it was his partner, Reg Skinner, who tended to an unresponsive Tameron Rose.
Skinner told the court the child’s vital signs were normal, although the child was limp and unconscious.
Skinner said the baby’s condition deteriorated after he was brought to the emergency department of Western Memorial Regional Hospital.
The third witness was Const. Lisa Pike of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, who had accompanied fellow RNC officer Const. Amy Mollon on a visit to Tippett’s home on Jan. 30, 2007 hours before the call for medical assistance for Tameron was made.
Pike described Tippett, who has a hearing impairment, as being not talkative and that it took Mollon several attempts to explain the purpose of the police visit, which was not disclosed to the court.
The fourth witness was Dr. Andrea Reid, a radiologist at Western Memorial Regional Hospital. Much of her time on the stand during the morning session was spent qualifying her as an expert witness.
Reid will be back on the stand to give evidence pertaining to the murder trial this afternoon.