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The bulk of the second day of testimony in a Linn County murder trial came from the defendant's family members.
Zyriah Schlitter of Cedar Rapids is charged with first-degree murder and child endangerment after 18-month-old Kamryn died from head trauma in March of 2010.
Kamryn was described as a happy, healthy child in the first 17 months of her life.
Kamryn's living situation changed at the end of February of 2010 when Kamryn's mother, Nicole King, agreed Schlitter would be responsible for Kamryn's care for a short time while King found a new place to live.
Schlitter's family members testified in court Thursday that they noticed a bruise on Kamryn's face in the final weeks of her life but were never given an explanation for the cause.
The family testified that they never witnessed Schlitter abuse his daughter, only care for her.
Kamryn became sick with a fever and an ear infection during the second week she was in Schlitter's care.
Schlitter's family testified that he took his daughter to the doctor several times, and he was concerned when Kamryn wouldn't take her prescribed medication.
But there was also key testimony regarding Schlitter's temperament around his daughter long before.
On Wednesday, King testified that Schlitter showed instances of having a short fuse with his daughter.
King's mother Jeri said that Schlitter was a loving and protective father, but there was one incident that concerned her when she was living with Schlitter, King and Kamryn when Kamryn was around six months old.
"I heard him yell, 'Kamryn,' and then a few minutes later I heard him pick her up and I heard all the toys shake, and I heard her gasp, and I came downstairs because I knew that he probably picked her up too fast, and she had two red marks on her legs from being trapped," Jeri King testified Thursday.
Schlitter's girlfriend, Amy Parmer, whom he dated in February and March of 2010, is facing the same charges.
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