Cheryl Botzet's Ex-Husband First to Take The Stand

The case is underway against Cheryl Botzet the mother accused of killing her daughter by failing to treat her diabetes. Botzet's 11-year-old daughter Ariel died in Feb. of 2004. The state contends it was because her mother didn't properly regulate her insulin.

After opening statements Tuesday morning at the new Regional Justice Center, the first person to be called to the stand was Cheryl Botzet's ex-husband Randy Botzet.

Botzet became emotional remembering his last conversation with his 11-year-old daughter Ariel. She had wanted to go swimming in early February but because she sounded sick on the phone he forbade her to go.

It was days later that Ariel was taken to the hospital by her mother because she thought she had the flu.

Randy Botzet said, "She said she had the flu and she was throwing up."

Both the prosecution and defense pointed out to the jury that vomiting was a danger sign for diabetics like Ariel because it showed high levels of blood sugar, which turned out to be deadly in this case.

Prosecuting attorney Dave Stanton said, "This type of condition that Ariel was in the last days of her life was painful. On the scale of 1 to 10, it was listed as 10 by the patients and the mother. And the doctors will tell you it is a painful condition that she was the subject of child abuse."

But Cheryl Botzet's attorney tried to show that his client was the only parent to take an active interest in caring for Ariel's diabetes and that there was no evidence of murder.  Herb Sachs said, "There will be no testimony what so ever that the jury can hang its hat on to conclude that my client deliberately killed her daughter or wanted her daughter dead in any instance or in any respect."

It is expect that numerous medical experts from both the prosecution and defense will be testifying in this case about Ariel's condition days before her death.

This trial is expected to last two weeks.

Contact Reporter Cindy Cesare


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