Testimony begins in trial against Dwayne Poole, accused of killing his 16-month-old son

9-1-1 call played during testimony

TAMPA - Day two of the trial against Dwayne Poole, now 25, got underway Thursday with opening statements.

The state assured the jury that expert physicians will testify that the injuries 16-month-old Ronderique Anderson sustained were not consistent with a fall down the stairs, as his father said.

Poole is accused of throwing Ronderique on the bed on February 1, 2011.  Investigators say the baby fell off the bed and hit his head on the wall or a dresser.  Those injuries landed Ronderique in the hospital where he died four days later.

Poole's then girlfriend, Tonya Myers, was the third witness called by the state Tuesday morning.  The first two, police officers. 

Myers told the State she called 9-1-1 as soon as Poole told her to.  Poole told her the young boy had fallen down the stairs, but when she called dispatch, she told them he had been sick. 

The 9-1-1 call, nearly 12 minutes long, gets more frantic as it played in court.  Myers telling the dispatcher she can't feel the child's chest moving anymore.

"Do you see his chest going up and down, showing that he's breathing," the dispatcher asked.

"Just barely," Myers responded.

This after Myers told the dispatcher Ronderique "fell out" when they came in the house from outside.  She even said he was running a fever and that he had been sick.

During the investigation, Myers told police she had lied during the initial investigation and also admitted to such in Tuesday's testimony.

Poole is facing a first-degree murder charge in the death of his son.

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