SPOKANE, Wash. - The mother of a two-year-old girl who was killed in her upper South Hill home last September gave a tearful testimony in court Tuesday.
Two-year-old Adalynn Hoyt was growing up in a drug house.
Her mom, hopelessly addicted to meth, left Adalynn with fellow drug dealer Jason Obermiller, who was the closest thing Adalynn had to a father.
“When he was there, she was attached to him,” said Lovina Rainey, Adalynn's mother. “He's even taken her to his parent's house. He'd bathe her, he'd play with her, he definitely favored her.”
The dead child's mother, who doesn’t want to be photographed in court, was called as a witness for the prosecution.
But Tuesday, through Lovina Rainey's testimony, she made herself appear to be culpable.
Rainey was asked in court whether she picked her daughter up, tried to hold her, gave her CPR or mouth to mouth. Rainey answered 'no' to all of these questions.
Jason Obermiller is suspected of kicking or punching Adalynn so hard she lost consciousness and bled to death in her bed.
Obermiller's reaction to Adalynn's murder was to hide by breaking into a Lake Coeur d'Alene cabin and then lying about his identity when apprehended by Kootenai County Sheriff's Office Deputy Jeremy Geurin.
“Once I started talking to him he appeared to be very nervous,” said Geurin. “He was breathing heavily and would not make eye contact and could not stand still.”
Rainey testified that she was Obermiller's partner in moving large quantities of drugs from the Tri-cities to Spokane.
She was actually out with a guy named “Stranger” trading some shoes for meth the night her daughter was killed.
Prosecutors say they've accounted for everyone who was in that house the night of the murder and that Jason Obermiller was the last person to see her alive.
It is currently unknown if Obermiller will take the stand in his own defense.