Jenkins said witnesses will tell jurors that at one point during the outing Allie was playing with her mother when she fell facedown in the water. Jenkins said the child appeared to be OK after that but may have swallowed enough water to contribute to her death.
Reeser later dunked the child under water “to get her used to the water,” Jenkins said, but did not use force or hold her.
“What happened was a tragic accident. By all accounts, everyone was having a good time that day until the tragedy occurred,” Jenkins said.
Following opening statements, Oklahoma City police officers testified about being called to the hospital where Allie had been pronounced dead.
Donald Reeser “seemed kind of nonchalant about it. He showed no emotion whatsoever,” officer Lisa McCoy said.
Police officer James Kennedy said Reeser told him that he didn't notice anything wrong with Allie until they had driven away from the lake.
When he noticed in the rearview mirror that the child was beginning to vomit, he ordered the mother to do CPR while he drove to the hospital, Kennedy said Reeser told him.