AUSTIN, Texas - Testimony in the sentencing trial of a former Georgetown daycare operator continued Tuesday.
Holly Harrison has pleaded no contest to felony charges in connection to the death of a five-month old boy. Tuesday’s focus was on how critical minutes were lost in order to orchestrate a cover up.
Harrison returned to court Tuesday refusing to comment as her sentencing hearing continued.
But her voice was heard in the courtroom as prosecutors played two interviews that she had with investigators shortly after the death of 5-month-old Brody Haven at her daycare.
On the video Harrison told detectives.
"I admit; I didn't think right,” said Harrison.
The admission came after investigators disputed her claim about immediately calling for help the morning of Jan. 13, 2016 after finding Brody unresponsive in his crib. Call records show that she dialed 911 at 10:31 a.m.
But before doing that at 10:17 a.m. she called an employee, Brenda Michael asking for advice. Then at 10:21 a.m. she sent a text message urging her daughter to come home.
Harrison also called at least three parents asking them to come pick up their children. Investigators believe the number of children in her home exceeded state regulations.
Prosecutors also determined Harrison deleted several of the calls, allegedly to keep the information away from investigators.
The timeline is critical because the fire department that eventually sent emergency crews to Harrison's home is located about a mile away.
D.A. Shawn Dick spoke to me about why the testimony Tuesday, for him it justifies a prison sentence for Harrison.
"So my belief is that Holly is just a liar and that is what we've alleged from beginning and that's what we will continue to prove is that she couldn't help herself but to continue to lie in six hours of statements to police department so it's hard to take a word for any of it. And one of the things that came out today was the paramedics were only three minutes away, only three minutes, and so much time was lost. Absolutely you see on the map the fire department is literally around the corner from Holly's home and it's amazing how quickly the fire department can respond but they were there within three minutes during the call and being dispatch there. But the loss of the time could've been up to 10 to 15 minutes.
Or maybe longer,” said Dick.