Case against Norfolk woman accused of killing baby girl advances to grand jury

Posted at 6:47 PM, Sep 24, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-24 18:47:06-04

"If you know Emily, you know she is innocent. And if you know me, you know everything I am saying is true."

This post is referring to Emily Defries, a Norfolk woman accused of killing a 20-month-old girl.

The words are from a gofundme site set up by a man who identifies himself as Defries' fiance, the same man who is the father of baby Anna Belle.

Defries was in court today, where the doctor who performed the autopsy on the baby told a courtroom, "The child most likely died from being shaken and slammed."

The doctor went on to say Anna Belle had injuries all over her body, including under her chin, her stomach and back, and behind her ear. The fatal injury was a large fracture to her skull, according to the doctor.

When police first arrested Defries, she told officers she found the little girl at the bottom of her staircase. But today, two doctors said a fall down the stairs didn't kill the baby, given the extent of her injuries.

Defries' fiance was also in court, along with another supporter who shook her head when witnesses spoke. She also wrote a note to NewsChannel 3, saying some of the testimony wasn't true.

Supporters for Defries have already been taking action in her defense, donating on the gofundme page to help with the costs of lawyer fees and bond.

Those costs could rise since the judge decided the case should be heard in front of a grand jury.