Mother of Deceased Infant Testifies at Brent Benefield Trial

Testimony has wrapped for the day in trial of a man who is accused of causing the death of his infant son.
Brent Benefield's charged with causing the February 2012 death of his four month old son, Lucas.
The trial got underway last week in 30th District Court.
This morning, testimony picked back up and Mechell Dixon was in the courtroom.

Several people testified today, including a detective with the Wichita Falls Police Department, a counselor and a Wichita Falls principal.
However, the longest and most compelling testimony came from the mother of the four month old baby Benefield is accused of killing.
Sara Price spent about four hours testifying today.
The prosecution called her to the stand and had her recount her history with Benefield.
Price says she met Benefield six years years ago.
Before they married in 2010 they a son and Price admitted to suffering from depression after giving birth.
In January 2011, Price says after learning she was pregnant with their second son Benefield became abusive.
She talked about how several times he choked her and even gave her a black eye but despite that abuse, Price says she never called police or left because Benefield never hit the children and was a devoted father.
After lunch, Price answered questions from the defense.
Their strategy was to show that price was the one responsible for the infant's death.
Price admitted that she suffered from depression and had even attempted suicide when she was a sophomore in high school.
Price also says she had thoughts of harming her child because he would not stop crying.
Other witnesses were called today, including a licensed professional counselor Price met with for several months about her depression.
Price says she stopped seeing that counselor professionally because they became good friends but the counselor says in December 2011 Price just stopped coming.
The trial ended today with testimony from an MSU counseling professor.
That professor will continue her testimony Tuesday at 9 a.m. when the trial resumes.

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