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Baby Addilyn case: Prosecution rests in trial for father accused of attempted murder

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Posted at 10:59 AM, Aug 31, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-31 16:32:05-04

FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The prosecution rested its case on day two of the "Baby Addilyn trial." The trial started Monday with a surprise guilty plea on one of the serious charges.

Michael Fisher, Addilyn's biological father, surprised many on Monday when he pleaded guilty at the beginning of the trial to aggravated child abuse. However, he pleaded not guilty of attempted first-degree murder.

The 2-month-old was very nearly beaten to death more than two years ago in Lawrence County, Tennessee. The trial is being held in Lincoln County for a change in venue.

On Monday, an emergency room nurse testified she was stunned at the child's condition when Addilyn was brought to the hospital. Fisher told the nurse that Addilyn had fallen, but her severe injuries -- bleeding, broken bones and head trauma -- told a different story.

Fisher pleaded guilty to harming the child, but says he was not trying to kill Addilyn. Today, we expect to hear more testimony from police and Addilyn's new adoptive mother.

Fisher's plea on abuse brings a sentence of up to 25 years in prison. If the jury convicts him of attempted murder, he will face another 25 years added on to that.