Closing arguments underway in Jupiter child abuse trial

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A Jupiter father accused of locking his adopted son in a box-like construction within the storage will not testify in his baby abuse trial.

Protection legal professional Prya Murad made the announcement Wednesday afternoon in courtroom.

“He won’t be testifying,” she mentioned.

Ferriter later affirmed the choice in entrance of Decide Howard Coates.


“Have you decided on this case whether or not to testify by yourself behalf?” Coates requested Ferriter.

“I’ve,” Ferriter answered.

“All proper, and what’s that call, Mr. Ferriter?” Coates requested.

“To not testify,” Ferriter mentioned.

Ferriter, 48, is on trial dealing with fees of kid abuse, false imprisonment and baby neglect. His spouse, Tracy Ferriter, is dealing with the identical fees in a separate trial that hasn’t but begun.

Protection attorneys sought all through the trial to painting Ferriter as a pissed off father whose poor parenting determination – banishing his teenage son to the 8×8 enclosure specifically constructed for the boy within the storage of their Egret Touchdown residence – was introduced on by the kid’s lengthy historical past of behavioral points.

Dr. Sheila Rapa, a medical and forensic psychologist, testified for the protection Tuesday that the teenager had been identified with reactive attachment dysfunction – a situation during which a toddler does not type a wholesome emotional bond along with his or her caretaker.

Rapa mentioned the Ferriters’ type of remedy probably exacerbated the teenager’s behavioral points and was “in opposition to something that we’d ever inform somebody to do therapeutically.”

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Dr. Sheila Rapa says Tim Ferriter’s remedy of son ‘past the pale,’ however father did not trigger boy’s issues

Nevertheless, she mentioned she did not imagine the Ferriters brought on the teenager’s points or got down to abuse him.

“I do not imagine that they had been malicious in as far as they had been intentionally making an attempt to abuse and harm their baby,” Rapa testified. “I believe that they had been responding to behaviors that they had been very involved about. … Did they do one thing applicable? No. Did they deal with it appropriately? No. However I do not assume it was simply an arbitrary, ‘I will abuse this baby, be merciless to this baby, for no purpose.’ I believe of their thoughts they had been making an attempt to include some behaviors and preserve all people secure within the course of.”

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‘I do not imagine that they had been malicious,’ Dr. Sheila Rapa says of Ferriters

Through the trial, prosecutors introduced testimony from the teenager, who described intimately what it was like being confined to the storage enclosure with only a desk, a mattress and a bucket during which to defecate. He testified that he was usually there alone at the hours of darkness, remoted from his household with out entry to meals, water or a rest room, besides within the morning earlier than his dad and mom let him out to go to highschool and at evening earlier than his dad and mom went to mattress.

Jurors watched hours and hours of Ring digital camera movies displaying the interactions between the Ferriters and the teenager, who was continuously berated by his father. In lots of the movies, the teenager could possibly be heard screaming and speaking to himself.

Protection attorneys countered by displaying jurors hours’ value of movies depicting the teenager along with his household inside the home and seemingly blissful.

After the jury returned Wednesday, Murad introduced that the protection rests and shutting arguments started.

‘Something however unusual’

Throughout closing arguments, Assistant State Lawyer Brianna Coakley advised jurors that the Ferriters seemed to be an unusual household.

“However what has been established, what has been confirmed by means of the course of this case, is what was taking place inside that home is something however unusual,” Coakley mentioned.

WATCH: Prosecutor says Ferriter household ‘something however unusual’

Assistant State Lawyer Brianna Coakley says Ferriter household ‘something however unusual’

She advised jurors that the teenager was “subjected to remedy by his dad and mom, together with his father, Timothy Ferriter, that was merciless, heinous and malicious.”

“That underneath or behind the façade of an unusual household, there was the remedy and isolation – the systematic isolation – and confinement of [the teen] when he was 14 years previous in that room of their storage,” Coakley continued. “And that is why we’re right here as we speak. As a result of this – this remedy, this systemic method during which he was compelled to stay – is against the law.”

Coakley reminded jurors of the teenager’s testimony, who mentioned it was “dehumanizing” being compelled to spend most of his days and nights contained in the room, remoted from the remainder of his household with out meals, water and entry to a rest room, in addition to the testimony of the teenager’s adopted sister, who claimed her brother had been punished otherwise than the remainder of the Ferriter youngsters.

She additionally requested jurors to recall the testimony of Dr. Wade Myers, who testified for the state final week that the actions of the boy’s dad and mom had been “malicious” and “merciless” and brought on extreme psychological trauma.

Coakley additionally centered on Tim Ferriter’s intent, from not offering the boy with a bed room within the residence to hiring a contractor to construct the 8×8 room, with out home windows, with a lock and deadbolt on the skin, lights which are managed from the skin and no rest room.

“Every a type of steps are intentional, particular, deliberate acts,” Coakley mentioned. “It isn’t an accident that this occurred like this. We all know precisely what he meant to do to his son. He arrange the room. He put the digital camera in there after which he compelled the kid to make use of a bucket.”

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Assistant State Lawyer Brianna Coakley says Tim Ferriter took ‘intentional’ steps to abuse son

Coakley replayed some movies to bolster her arguments, together with one which confirmed Tim Ferriter berating his son for turning on the air-conditioning within the room.

“From the skin, all the pieces regarded OK, however what was taking place inside that room was abuse,” Coakley mentioned.

She additionally reminded jurors of Murad’s remark throughout her opening statements that the room was constructed with out a rest room.

“It isn’t a flaw, ” Coakley mentioned. “These are intentional decisions. That is what he wished to occur. That is what the surroundings that he deliberately subjected his son to – an surroundings that no affordable individual would assume was applicable or acceptable.”


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