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State rests in murder trial of Chattanooga father

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- The state has rested in the trial of a father, accused of murdering his toddler.

Reginald Tumlin is on trial for the 2010 murder of Jaylen Ramsey.

An autopsy revealed more than 50 injuries to Jaylen's body and his cause of death was blunt abdominal trauma.

While in court, a family friend took the stand, saying she tried to give Jaylen water the day he died after he complained of stomach pains, but he couldn't swallow it.

Outside the courtroom a small altercation broke out, as emotions ran high with family members of Jaylen and Tumlin.

Several people, none of which were witnesses, were escorted out of the courthouse

Wednesday afternoon Dr. Dale DuBois took the stand, saying many of the boy's injuries could not have come from rough play or any type of fall.

He says Jaylen had 50 different marks over his body and died before he made it to the hospital.
 
"There were quite a few bruises everywhere," Dr. Dubois says. "They covered his extremities, his face; his ear lobes. There was a burn mark on the back of his leg and his pupils were dilated, which indicated he had been dead for some time."

Detective Adam Emory says after weeks of searching, they found Tumlin hiding in an apartment.

He told police he managed to stay on the run because he wore a disguise.
 
A witness says she saw bite marks on the body and lied to police about Tumlin's whereabouts.

Tumlin will be back in court Thursday.

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