Dec 4, 2015 3:02 PM
Murdered child, Brielle Gage, may have been victim of battered child syndrome
NASHUA — The many injuries that 3-year-old Brielle Gage suffered before she died suggest repeated abuse consistent with battered child syndrome, court documents say.
According to the Union Leader, newly-filed court documents include statements to authorities from the boyfriend of Brielle's mother, Katlyn Marin, saying the girl was repeatedly and severely assaulted before her death last year, including one incident where she was beaten for trying to take food from the kitchen.
Marin, 26, is facing charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter for allegedly assaulting Brielle multiple times on Nov. 24, 2014, and Nov. 25, 2014, at their home on Oak Street. The child died
Marin has denied to police that she had any involvement in Brielle’s injuries, saying her daughter fell down the steps on two occasions and that she suffered from one, possibly two, seizures.
“Despite these observations, (Marin) said she never called the doctor for assistance because welfare only pays for two hospital transports a year,” court records state.
Defense attorneys have filed motions to suppress evidence seized during searches of Marin’s residence, and to suppress statements she made to police the night Brielle died.
Prosecutors have objected to Marin’s motion to suppress statements to police.
A court hearing has been scheduled for Jan. 22 to address the pending motions. Jury selection is scheduled for Aug. 1, 2016.