Testimony details bruises, bite marks in abuse case | TheUnion.com

Testimony details bruises, bite marks in abuse case

Much of the testimony Thursday in the trial of Raymond Gamache Jr. and Dawn Renee Anderson centered on physical evidence of the abuse they allegedly inflicted on Gamache’s daughter, Tracy.

Tracy Gamache, now 26, has cerebral palsy and is severely physically and mentally handicapped. Raymond Gamache and Anderson were arrested after Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies conducted a welfare check at their trailer home in Penn Valley on March 24, 2009.

They both have been charged with dependent adult abuse likely to cause great bodily harm.

Tracy Gamache’s mother, Debbie Scott, testified she had not been in contact with her daughter since 2007. She said she had signed a document asking to be released from co-conservatorship in January 2009, but told the jury she had not wanted to be liable for her daughter’s trust fund.

Forensic examiner Kim Marjana testified that she performed an exam to document injuries to Tracy Gamache on March 25, 2009. She characterized Tracy Gamache as being severely malnourished, to the point where she “looked like she was 80 or 90 years old.”

Marjana detailed a number of bruises on Tracy Gamache’s body, including some on her jaw and inner thigh that appeared consistent with fingertips. She said she had several lesions that appeared consistent with bite injuries in areas that precluded the possibility that they were self-inflicted.

Marjana also testified that Tracy Gamache had several circular “pattern injuries” above her buttocks that appeared to have been caused by burns, as well as several linear scars in a pattern that did not appear to have been caused by falling.

Tracy Gamache – who cannot speak – also had some abrasions and bruising noted in her genital area, but Marjana said she halted the exam after more than four hours due to Tracy’s apparent discomfort. She said her injuries could have been consistent with sexual assault, but could also have had another cause.

Marjana also testified that Tracy Gamache showed signs of “refeeding syndrome,” which happens when someone who is starving or severely malnourished is fed, especially with high-carbohydrate foods. The body’s metabolism changes and can lead to heart failure.

Her mother had said she gave Tracy a spaghetti dinner the night before.

The trial is scheduled to resume at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, e-mail lkellar@theunion.com or call 477-4229.H

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