PEORIA, Ill. -- A paramedic has given jurors an emotional account of his role in rescuing a severely injured 3-year-old girl who was the sole survivor among a central Illinois family bludgeoned to death in their home.
Lincoln Rural Fire Chief Chad Litterle’s voice cracked as he recalled picking up Tabitha Gee in the blood-spattered house in the small farming community of Beason.
Christopher Harris is charged with murder in the 2009 slayings of Tabitha’s parents, Raymond and Ruth Gee, and three other children. He has pleaded not guilty.
Tabitha recovered and lives with her grandmother.
The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports that Litterle tearfully described carrying the girl to an ambulance.
Jurors were shown photos of her injuries, and the judge said they could take a break if the images became too disturbing.