A 12-person jury was seated Tuesday and witness testimony began in the three-day neglect trial of Jammy Stacy in Kosciusko Superior Court I.

Stacy, 43, of Elkhart, is facing a Level 3 felony neglect of a dependent charge for her alleged role in the severe abuse of a 2-year-old Nappanee boy named Vincent.

Stacy was one of five people involved in the 2018 case, along with Fayette Robinette, 60, of 9462 N. Ind. 19, Etna Green; Annette Priestley, 60, of White Pigeon, Mich.; Rune Springer, the boy’s mother, who was convicted earlier this year for a Level 6 felony neglect of a dependent charge; and Travis Tillottson, the boy’s stepfather, who also was convicted of a Level 6 felony neglect charge earlier this year.

Kosciusko County Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Brad Voelz and deputy prosecutor Matt Buehler are representing the state of Indiana, and Stacy is represented by Marielena Duerring of Duerring Law Offices, South Bend.

By 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, a seven-man, five-woman jury was seated, with one male and one female alternate.

“This is Vincent,” Voelz told jurors during his opening statement and held up a picture of a smiling 2-year-old boy pictured in late September 2017. “Just about that time, Vincent’s mother, Rune, entrusted his care to Jammy Stacy.”

Voelz told jurors that Vincent lived with Stacy in her Etna Green trailer along with Stacy’s son.

“After five months living with Jammy Stacy, this is Vincent,” Voelz said, and showed three photos of a severely malnourished and injured 2-year-old. “It’s been said that only those you trust can betray you. ... Vincent trusted Jammy Stacy, and she betrayed him.”

Voelz said the boy’s condition came to light only after Springer called Nappanee police on March 2, 2018 – nearly 24 hours after Stacy and Priestley dropped him off at Springer’s Nappanee apartment.

“She did nothing,” Voelz said of Stacy. “Instead of taking him to a doctor, she would return him to Rune, who had given him up in the first place. And Rune’s home was no place for a child. ... She (Stacy) stood by and watched him (Vincent) wither, waste and suffer, and she did nothing. ... she didn’t give a damn about this 2-year-old child.”

Voelz told jurors they can expect to hear from medical doctors who treated Vincent at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne who will testify about Vincent’s injuries and his time spent in the intensive care unit for severe malnourishment. Voelz also said they can expect to hear from law enforcement and both Springer and Tillotson.

Duerring painted a different picture for jurors about her client and said that Springer was a mother who shifted the care of Vincent around to several people over his short life, and one of those people included Stacy.

“This case is not about who inflicted the injuries,” Duerring said, adding that Stacy was trying to reach out to Springer and told her that Vincent needed to see a doctor or either Springer would need to provide Stacy with the authorization to get him medical care.

“Jammy contends that when she dropped him off, he was doing OK,” Duerring said.

The state’s first witness was Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office Det. Josh Spangle, who said he’s been with KCSO for 18 years and mostly does detective work, extracting evidence from people’s cell phones or being a crime scene investigator.

Spangle said he interviewed Stacy and she said Vincent had been living with her and solely in her care from around October 2017 to March 1, 2018, when she dropped the boy off at Springer’s.

“She said she refers to herself as mommy,” Spangle said, and that Vincent also called Stacy “mommy.”

Spangle is expected to continue testimony intermittently throughout the course of the trial.

Next, jurors heard from Nappanee police officer Dan Hawkins who was one of four NPD officers at Springer’s home March 2, 2018.

Hawkins said when they arrived, Springer let them in and they saw Vincent sitting on the couch wearing only a diaper and wrapped in a blanket.

“He had multiple cuts on his face, his septum (of his nose) was cut, malnourished, couldn’t even sit up by himself,” Hawkins said. “He was in bad shape.”

Duerring asked Hawkins to describe the conditions of Springer’s apartment. Hawkins said the apartment was dirty, smelled of animal urine, had large amounts and piles of trash, dirty dishes everywhere, “about anything you could think of, it was there,” he testified.

Hawkins said Nappanee police only know what they were told by Springer and by what they saw that day. He said by all accounts, to him, Springer seemed like she was concerned about Vincent. However, when pressed by Duerring about Nappanee’s policework, Hawkins conceded that police did not search the home for perhaps a knife or pair of scissors that could have been used to cut Vincent’s nose septum, nor did they try to find out who else may have been present at the home during the 24 hours Vincent was there.

“So the home could have potentially been a crime scene, is that what you’re saying?” Duerring asked him.

“Potentially, yes,” he replied.

The state will begin calling more witnesses at 8:30 a.m. today.

If convicted, Stacy faces between three to 17 years in prison.