Five witnesses have been called so far by the defense in the case against Hiawatha Robinson, the man accused of sexually assaulting and killing his 8-year-old daughter Hiawayi in 2014.
Dr. Jessica Kirk took the stand today to testify about child sex abuse.
Kirk is one of only 300 child sex abuse experts in the country and works as a pediatrician at the University of South Alabama hospital.
She reviewed both Hiawayi’s medical records as well as her autopsy and testified that physical evidence shows the girl had been the victim of “chronic rape.” She said she believed the sodomy happened for the first time prior to the girl’s death.
Kirk testified that one in four girls are sexually abused on average and that many don’t report it because their rapist manipulates them.
She went on to say that most sexual crimes against children are committed by people who are close to the child, typically those who spend a lot of time alone with the child.
It was Hiawatha’s defense attorney who steered that line of questioning, insinuating that Hiawayi’s mother Yosha Populus‘ alleged sexual partners would have spent time near the child, thus making them possible suspects.
Earlier testimony revealed that Populus’ sexual partners were not investigated by the FBI and that she does not know the father of her youngest child.
An FBI forensics expert also testified today, saying no DNA came back from finger prints, hair beads, or finger nail clippings obtained by investigators.