Forensic Pathologist Testifies About Natalie Finn’s Autopsy

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Day three in Nicole Finn’s murder trial started with testimony from a forensic pathologist.

Jurors were shown graphic pictures from 16-year-old Natalie Finn’s autopsy, that reveal emaciation due to starvation.

Forensic pathologist Dr. Francis Garrity said Natalie’s body weight was a lethally low level.

Autopsy reports show Natalie’s skin was dehydrated and had sores and bruises on her elbows and knees.

“It’s a lot like a bed sore when the skin is compressed by prolonged of lying in one position the skin and soft tissue dies, a process I see in the elderly, from lying motionless for a prolonged period of time,” Dr. Garrity testified.

Three more medical experts are scheduled to testify Tuesday as well as a representative from the Iowa Department of Human Services.

Nicole Finn is charged with first degree murder in the death of adopted daughter Natalie Finn. The 16-year-old died in October of 2016 after officials say she suffered a heart attack brought on by being starved by her parents.

Joseph Finn, Natalie’s adoptive father, also faces charges in connection with her death but is not charged with murder.