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Trial Continues For Woman Accused In Toddler's Murder

The mother of a murdered two-year-old girl took the stand today in a Lexington trial as it entered its fourth day.

Police say Sarah Taylor murdered her ex-boyfriend's 22-month-old-daughter in 2004.

The biological mother of Madison Cundiff testified on Thursday morning that she noticed signs of abuse on her daughter before she died.

Police say the child died in 2004 of Shaken Baby Syndrome. Taylor was taking care of the child at the time. Taylor says Madison fell down some stairs.

Police later ruled the death a murder and charged Taylor.

Jury selection in Sarah Taylor's case wrapped up on Monday afternoon.

Monday, Cundiff's father, David, testified about his relationship with Taylor and the events on the day his daughter died.

He says Taylor called to tell him Madison fell down the stairs while Taylor was doing laundry. She says Madison started crying so she took her to the couch to check her out. Taylor says at that point, the toddler passed out.

On Tuesday, the prosecution called several witnesses including a friend of the suspect and doctors who treated Madison on the day she died.

A doctor who was present for the autopsy testified that Madison's injuries were not consistent with an accidental fall. She says the baby's injuries were intentional and consistent with Shaken Baby Syndrome.

Wednesday, the victim's grandmother, Hope Cundiff, took the stand. She said she's known all along that the suspect, Sarah Taylor, is capable of hurting 22-month-old Madison Cundiff. She testified that Madison was always crying around Taylor. The defense argued that because of their lack of relationship, Cundiff had it out for the client, and therefore, is not a trustworthy witness.

The prosecution is expected to wrap up its case on Thursday afternoon and the defense is supposed to start calling its witnesses. The trial is expected to last into early next week.


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