Kayla Cook turns to speak with her sister during a break in this week’s trial. Cook is on trial for the death of 3-year-old Lilly Schroeder, her former boyfriend’s daughter.
Cook denies killing child, her lawyer points finger at the father

Kayla Cook took the witness stand in her own defense Friday, Aug. 16, testifying about the events of Dec. 18, 2017, that led to the death of 3-year-old Lilly Schroeder.
Cook, who is on trial for homicide by child abuse, denied prosecutors’ accusation that she beat Lilly to death.
“I refuse to be charged with something I did not commit,” she told jurors on the fifth day of her trial at the Lancaster County Courthouse.