Mistrial declared in child abuse case

A young mother was testifying today against the man accused of killing her baby, but the trial came to an abrupt end when a mistrial

NEWARK - A young mother was testifying today against the man accused of killing her baby, but the trial came to an abrupt end when a mistrial was declared.

Sheila Troutman became emotional as she described the event three years ago. She told an Essex County jury that she and a police officer were performing CPR, trying to keep 10-month-old Victoria Madison alive, while her ex-boyfriend, Everett Shepard, appeared to have a breakdown in the hallway of a Newark apartment.

Defense attorney John McMahon then demanded an end to the proceedings. It was the second time McMahon demanded an end, the first time was yesterday, after a sobbing and shaky Troutman had to be helped to the witness stand. She was then comforted by two members of the Essex County prosecutor's staff in front of the jury. The judge ruled the mother's testimony today was tantamount to an admission of guilt by Sheppard and declared the mistrial.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Police in Asbury Park calling for cease fire 1 Police in Asbury Park call for cease-fire after shootings
Fire breaks out at Jersey City home 2 Fire breaks out at Jersey City home
Monmouth County officials continue to search for missing 3 Officials continue to search for missing 19-year-old
Jersey Weekend Buzz 4 Jersey Weekend Buzz
VIDEO: Man reunited with missing wedding ring 5 VIDEO: Man reunited with missing wedding ring

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE