Tulsa father will stand trial for the death of his son

Tuesday, August 9th 2005, 6:06 am
By: News On 6

A Tulsa County court judge rules that a father will stand trial in the death of his son and graphic details of his death come out in court.

News on 6 anchor Scott Thompson says Carlis Ball was taken into custody back in June, when rescuers found his two-year-old son Keenan Taylor on the floor of his apartment. The boy was convulsing, vomiting, and had burns over 75-percent of his body.

Keenan died on the way to the hospital. Carlis Ball had a hard time keeping his composure in Tuesday's preliminary hearing as he heard testimony from doctors about the way Keenan died.

A pediatrician with expertise in child abuse cases testified Keenan burns were consistent with being intentionally scalded with boiling water. Defense attorneys had part of a medical examiner's report struck from consideration. They say a doctor's opinion shouldn't be enough to prove Ball was responsible for Keenan's burns.

Defense attorney Pete Silva: "With all due respect, we don't believe the state proved that, but that's the nature of these hearings and we'll proceed with building our defense."

Carlis Ball remains in the Tulsa County jail on charges of first-degree murder and child neglect.