Prosecutors: 'Savage and hideous' beating killed 4-year-old

The trial of a man accused of fatally beating a sick Newburgh child opened today, and prosecutors started by giving a deeply disturbing account of

GOSHEN - The trial of a man accused of fatally beating a sick Newburgh child opened today, and prosecutors started by giving a deeply disturbing account of the toddler's final moments. Cory Byrd is accused of killing 4-year-old Marc Bookal back in Dec. 2009. He had been dating the boy's mother at the time. In court today, prosecutors said Byrd delivered a "savage and hideous" beating one morning when Marc had stayed home sick from school. They said the child had gotten sick several times in his bed and that Byrd was infuriated and "emasculated" to have to clean it up.Prosecutors say they will prove that Byrd beat the child so badly that his muscle tissue tore in several places. They also say he suffered blunt force trauma to the head. After Marc died, prosecutors say that Byrd packed the small body into a crib bag and disposed of it in the woods nearby. That crib bag was shown to jurors today, and the state trooper who discovered the child's decomposing remains testified as well. Byrd's defense, meanwhile, questioned why authorities didn't find the body the first three times they searched the debris-littered area where it was eventually found. They insist the evidence will show Byrd is not guilty. Testimony in the case is expected to last three weeks.

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