October 24, 2021

Mom of girl who died: Boyfriend was abusive

Joe McIntyre/staff photographer

Krystal Dains talks about her relationship with murder defendant Dorain Bohn during testimony in Bohn’s trial Friday in Cortland County Court.

The mother of a 2-year-old girl who died while in her boyfriend’s care testified in court Friday that her initial statements to police were not accurate, and that he was, in fact, abusive.

Krystal Dains also said she reviewed forensic photos of her daughter’s body and found several bruises that were not present when she left for work that day April 19, 2018.

Dains told Cortland County Public Defender Keith Dayton in Cortland County Court that her claims to police that her relationship with Dorain G. Bohn was good following the death April 19 of her daughter, Kassidy, were not true. But she added in response to a prosecutor’s question that she thought then the death was an accident and she was afraid for Bohn.

“I thought it was an accident,” she said in the third day of Bohn’s trial on murder and manslaughter charges.

When Chief Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth McGrath asked if she had loved Dorain, Krystal Dains answered: “I did.”

During the initial questioning by prosecutors, Dains said that while living in Buffalo with Bohn between Sept. 1, 2017, and Feb. 2, 2018, he had gotten into a fight with her once. She said she received a punch to the face and arms.

Dains also told the prosecution that during her time with Bohn she never saw him hit any of her children or his.

At one point during her testimony, Dains became too teary to continue and needed a five-minute break.

Bohn, 29, originally from Buffalo, is charged with second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter, felonies, in the death of Kassidy Dains. He is also charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

Katrina Thorne, who lives at 11 Elm St., McGraw, was home the night Kassidy Dains died. She and her three kids were living in an upstairs apartment and she testified she heard yelling and loud sounds throughout the evening of April 19, 2018.

Thorne said she returned home from work and errands around 5 p.m. that day to begin cooking dinner for herself and her children. Between 5 and 6 p.m., she heard yelling — a loud male voice — coming from the apartment below her, the one that Krystal Dains, Kassidy’s mother, and Dorain Bohn lived.

“I couldn’t hear anything else,” Thorne said when asked if she had heard other voices.

Then just around 7 p.m., while she was watching a movie with her children, Thorne heard a loud thud.

“It sounded like someone was moving a piece of furniture and dropped it,” she told the court. There was no crying, nor yelling and no sound of movement to follow.

Two hours later, her kids alerted her to police outside on the street.

Bohn told police that Kassidy was coloring in her room when he heard a thud at 7:17 p.m. and he presumed she fell from a bunk bed, but did not seek medical treatment until nearly 9 p.m.

Following Thorne’s testimony, Cortland County Coroner Kevin Sharp testified the cause of Kassidy’s death was blunt force trauma to the head. The manner in which she died, however, was homicide, he said.

Photographs, which Sharp took at both Cortland Regional Medical Center — now Guthrie Cortland Medical Center — and at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton before an autopsy, were shown to the jury.

During her testimony, Krystal Dains said a number of the bruises on Kassidy’s body were not there before she had gone to work.

Testimony is scheduled to continue at 8:45 a.m. Monday.