A man accused of dunking his 2-year-old stepson headfirst into a toilet goes on trial on murder charges this week in a case that raised questions about social workers' failure to protect the toddler.
Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for Thomas Coe, who told police he was punishing Bradley McGee for soiling his diaper. The boy's death brought unprecedented charges against four social workers, one of whom was convicted of child abuse.The trial for Coe, 23, starts Tuesday in Fort Myers. Defense attorneys have acknowledged the dunking but say Coe did not intend to kill the boy, so it wasn't murder.
"We just want to make sure that if he's convicted, he gets convicted for the crime he committed," said attorney Robert Norgard.