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Suspect's attorney in day care death requests autopsy report

Posted September 22

— FOX10 News is continuing to follow the case of a Mobile woman charged with manslaughter and abuse of a corpse in connection to the death of 5-year-old Kamden Johnson.

Community Nursery and Preschool Academy staff member Valarie Patterson is accused of dumping Kamden's body along Demetropolis road on August 21.

But now, Patterson's attorney is giving a different perspective, making the argument in a new court document filed Thursday, September 21, that little Kamden's body could have been moved without her knowledge, and that there's been no evidence made public to support otherwise.

Patterson's attorney, Christine Hernandez, wrote in the court document, "there is speculation that the child died in the sienna van purportedly operated by the defendant, however there have been no tests performed to establish that the child died in that van and no other van operated by the community nursery and preschool academy; the defense is unaware if any of the other vehicles were examined forensically to ascertain that the child was not discovered deceased in another vehicle and then subsequently moved to the van operated by the defendant without her knowledge."

In the document, the attorney goes on to argue that Patterson is entitled by-law to see Kamden's autopsy reports, photos from the scene, and any other documents pertaining to the little boy's cause of death, before going to trial.

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