Daughter testifies against father

Laura Rinehart testified Tuesday that fear kept her from talking about the aggressive punishments she witnessed her father, Peter Draper, inflicting on her son and herself.

Rinehart was one of five witnesses who spoke Tuesday over the course of nearly nine hours of testimony during the second day of Draper’s trial at Adams County District Court. He is charged in the death of his 2-year-old grandson, Joseph Rinehart Jr.

Four of those witnesses were medical personnel who answered questions about photos taken of Joseph’s body after his death. The photos showed cuts and bruises all over the 2-year-old boy’s body.

Even though the prosecution of Peter Draper is a Franklin County District Court case, the trial is taking place in Hastings due to insufficient facilities in Franklin.

Joseph was found to be dead when Laura, 25, and the boy’s 48-year-old grandmother Nancy Draper — Peter’s wife — brought him to Franklin County Memorial Hospital in Franklin for the second time on April 30, 2012. A May 2 autopsy showed he died of head and internal injuries caused by blunt force trauma.

Two staff members from the Franklin hospital — physician Dan Mazour and Tonda Mattison, a registered nurse — were the first to testify Tuesday. Each witness spoke about the Monday evening Joseph died.
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