Upon questioning, Birkhead recalled being fearful for the condition of his then unborn daughter Danielynn, because ANS was taking a variety of drugs during her pregnancy to cope with the loss of her deceased son, Daniel. Shortly after Danielynn’s birth, Birkhead filed a paternity suit and included a declaration asking the child be tested for drugs. He feared ANS was not prepared to care for the baby. Birkhead earlier said ANS took more drugs than he had ever seen anyone take. But he chose to impregnate her regardless? Very strange.
During cross-examination, Birkhead described a peculiar phone call he received from Deputy DA Sarah Slice shortly after his testimony on Friday. Birkhead felt offended that DA Slice suggest he testify his daughter might be developmentally disabled because of the drugs prescribed by Eroshevich and Kapoor to ANS during pregnancy. It’s odd he felt offended when he just testified he was fearful about the condition of his unborn child. According to Birkhead, Danielynn is “very advanced, healthy and happy.”
Birkhead also claimed DA Slice encountered him in the elevator en route to today’s testimony, and insinuated he might be taking Stern’s side – which Birkhead denied – but not before saying “Anna could not speak for herself and the doctors had exploited her.” DA Slice was unavailable for comment outside court. He does have a history of “switching sides.”
The next witness, Dr. Nathalie Maullin, a psychiatrist who treated Smith during her 2006 pregnancy at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, described her as a difficult patient. Dr. Maullin saw that ANS was a person going through obvious withdrawals from multiple medications when she was admitted. “When I asked her what she had been taking, she blew me off,” said Maullin, who recalled that Smith referred all questions to Stern.
Dr. Maullin telephoned Kapoor, who gave her a long list of drugs he prescribed to ANS including the addictive pain killer, Dilaudid, which surprised her since it is a powerful drug used for cancer patients. Kapoor stated ANS also had alcohol problems. The rollercoaster ride continues tomorrow…