NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The child at the center of the Douglas Edwards kidnapping and sexual assault trial testified this morning. Edwards is the man accused of kidnapping a 6-year-old girl in New Hanover County last year.
The now 7-year-old child testified remotely from another room in the courthouse.
The child told the jury she was taken from the stairs of her home then taken to the woods. She said while in the woods ‘the man that took her’ kissed her on the mouth and took off his pants. She said the man that took her also put a chain around her neck.
Following the child’s testimony a sexual assault nurse examiner was brought forward, Collen Mistovich. Mistovich described performing a sexual assault exam on the girl and said markings were found all over the child’s body, including the child’s genitalia.
Pictures were shown to the jury. The child’s genitalia was bruised. Mistovich says the blunt force trauma is consistent with sexual assault.
The child was tested for STDs, she was then given a HIV prevention drug to ensure she was clear. Mistovich said the drug she was given is hard on an adult’s body.
When Mistovich was cross-examined she was asked if the girl could have injured herself overnight, Mistovich said the child could have.
A detective and crime tech with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office were also called to the stand. Both were asked to recall collecting evidence from the mobile home on September 14, 2016. Edwards’ shirt, pants, hoodie and DNA were collected.
Others, including two forensic scientists, testified about the tests that were ran on both the victim and Edwards. They took several samples from the child’s body and several from Edwards.
The third day of this trial finished with a member of the sheriff’s office testifying about the search for the child and a letter Edwards wrote to the victim’s family while in jail last year.
Day five of this trial is set to continue Tuesday morning.