Emotional day in court for mother accused of murder after leaving son in hot car

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Posted on July 31, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 1 at 1:45 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Opening statements and emotional testimony in a Jefferson County court room Tuesday as the trial of a Louisville mother accused of leaving her son inside a hot car got underway..

Mollie Shouse is charged in the May 2011 death of her two-year-old son, Kenton Brown.

The prosecution said  the boy died after he was left inside a car alone for 12 hours outside the Devonshire Apartments in Lyndon while Shouse went to smoke marijuana. Little Kenton died of hyperthermia and the prosecution called Shouse’s actions “selfish, senseless and murder.”

Shouse’s attorney began her opening statement by saying her client is not a monster, but rather a mother who made a mistake.

Shouse was visibly upset and slightly crying in court Tuesday. She is charged with murder and possession of a controlled substance.

Judge Olu Stevens, who is the presiding judge, told the jury the trial should be finished by Friday or next Tuesday at the latest.

WHAS11's Bryan Baker has more on what happened in court Tuesday, click the video player above.

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