Murder accused Joel Loffley would get two-year-old JJ Lawrence stoned by giving him pipes and "spots" of marijuana, JJ's mother has told a court.
Josephine Lawrence, 27, began testifying at Loffley's murder trial today.
Speaking from behind a screen, preventing her from seeing Loffley, Lawrence told the High Court at Auckland that JJ was born in 2009 while his father James Ruhe was in prison.
She moved to Orakei while Ruhe was again in jail and she began a relationship with Loffley.
Communications with Ruhe stopped because Loffley would smash her phones, she said.
Loffley made money by selling cannabis tinnies, she added.
Lawrence said Loffley would give JJ marijuana while she was out, "because he gave his other kids it".
He administered the drug via an asthma pump, Lawrence said.
She said he would not listen when she told him to stop.
Loffley is accused of murdering JJ by hitting the boy in the stomach so hard it split his liver and pancreas in two.
The Crown case is that Loffley assaulted JJ after arguing with his mother early on the morning of November 14.
Loffley said JJ was injured while his mother was out.
He said he had been making the bed and while he was "fluffing the sheets" JJ, who was on the bed, fell off.
Loffley said JJ hit a wall and his legs had gone over his back.
The Crown said JJ suffered his two broken arms while in the care of Loffley in the months leading up to his death.
An autopsy also found the boy had cannabis in his system.
Defence lawyer Roger Chambers said it was "not (Loffley) in that household" who had hurt the boy.
In each cross-examination Chambers has focused on the