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Updated: 24th January 2020 16:45 Calgary

Calgary manslaughter trial hears five-year-old's death deemed 'undetermined'

A forensic pathologist has testified that five-year-old Emilio Perdomo died from blunt force trauma, but she was unable to say it was homicide. The boy's grandfather, Allan Perdomo Lopez, is charged with manslaughter.

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Forensic pathologist says boy died from blunt force trauma, but she was unable to say it was homicide

Allan Perdomo, 59, is charged with manslaughter after his five-year-old grandson Emilio died of multiple blunt-force trauma injuries in 2015. (CBC)

A manslaughter trial for a Calgary man has heard his five-year-old grandson died from blunt head trauma.

Allan Perdomo Lopez, who is 59, is charged in the July 2015 death of Emilio Perdomo.

Court has heard the boy was taken to hospital unconscious and with bruises all over his body.

Emilio underwent emergency brain surgery, but he died about a week later.

Angela Miller, the forensic pathologist who did the autopsy, testified there was bleeding in Emilio's brain.

'Insufficient investigative evidence'

She said she classified the manner of boy's death as undetermined.

"A reasonable amount of certainty needs to be made in calling something specifically a homicide," she told court Wednesday.

"And in this case, there was insufficient investigative evidence and/or medical evidence to conclude one way or the other whether or not this was a homicide or an accident."

Emilio had bruises on his arms, legs and torso. The court was also shown pictures of several crescent-shaped and round scars on the boy's back.

When asked by Crown prosecutor Shane Parker whether the head injury could have been the result of a fall down four stairs, as the boy's guardians suggested, Miller said: "It's possible."

Boy moved to Canada

The trial heard previously that Emilio was born in Mexico and had lived there with his grandmother.

Marisol Segovia-Alvarez said the boy stayed with her until he was about five. Her daughter and grandson moved out against her wishes in August 2014 — six months before Emilio came to Canada.

The boy died five months after his arrival.

The accused's wife, Carolina Perdomo, was originally charged in the death, but the Crown stayed a manslaughter charge against her in February.

The judge-alone trial is scheduled to last four weeks. 

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