Testimony began Wednesday in the murder trial of a Cedar Rapids man charged with the death of his young daughter.
Zyriah Schlitter, 25, is charged with murder in the first degree and child endangerment causing death after his 18-month-old daughter Kamryn died in March of 2010 due to head injuries.
His then-girlfriend Amy Parmer also faces the same charges. She will go on trial in January.
Kamryn's mother Nicole King took the stand Wednesday.
King testified that she and her ex-boyfriend Zyriah had come to an agreement that Zyriah would care for Kamryn for four weeks in late February of 2010 because King was forced to find a new place to live.
Schlitter and his then-girlfriend Amy Parmer spent the bulk of that time caring for Kamryn.
King testified that Kamryn was a happy, healthy baby in the first 17 months of her life.
She said Zyriah was a loving father but had a short fuse with his daughter.
She began to notice that her daughter's physical and emotional condition was getting worse while in his care.
"I said we need to get Kamryn back ASAP," King said in court Wednesday. "I was getting worried that him having her for so long was starting to frustrate him."
King testified she saw bruises on her daughter's face.
She told police after her daughter died that in her heart she believed it was Parmer that was guilty.
Testimony continues Thursday at 9 a.m. in Linn County court.
Monday, September 1 2014 5:41 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:41:17 GMT
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