Doctor describes injuries suffered by survivor in Gee murders

By WEEK Producer

May 22, 2013 Updated May 22, 2013 at 7:16 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- A doctor who treated the only survivor in the Gee family mass murders took the stand Wednesday in the Christopher Harris trial.

Dr. Channing Petrak treated 3-year-old Tabitha when she was life-flighted to OSF St. Francis after the Sept. 2009 attack in Beason.

The Doctor testified that the child was hit with significant force and that she suffered injuries consistent with blunt force trauma.

Dr . Petrak said Tabitha suffered a depressed skull fracture and her right ear was nearly torn off. She also talked about potential long term side effects like cognitive delays.

Defense attorney Dan Fultz took issue with that, saying he did not want the jury to be left with the impression potential side effects would occur.

Harris is on trial for the murders of Rick and Ruth Gee and their three children.
He is also charged with the attempted murder of Tabitha.

Prosecutors expect to wrap up their testimony by the end of the week. Jury deliberations could begin late next week.