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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  • by Stephanie Location: Illinois on Dec 13, 2007 at 08:02 AM
    EXCUSE ME ANON, I never once said that I'm the one who introduced Sarah and David. I've never met her until we met up w/ Dave to drop off Madi for a visit. And even then I only saw her sitting in the car. What the HELL are you talking about??? You definetly don't know what you are talking about. I'm going through enought right now, and to have you people lash out at my family, HOW DARE YOU. Have you been in this situation, has anyone killed someone you loved?? Ask yourself that before you start judging me.
  • by Whoever Location: Wherever on Dec 12, 2007 at 08:24 PM
    Get ready, Cundiff family! Justice, dispensed by a Judge far more powerful than Sheila Isaacs and a Prosecutor unlike anything Louanne Redcorn could even imagine, will prevail!! You, who showed no mercy towards Sarah Taylor, better get down on your knees and beg for some for yourself. The justice that she was denied will be denied you as well -- if not in this life, then in the next! And while you're at it, beg for forgiveness for condemning an innocent person and denying her children a mother! Amen!
  • by Molly Location: KY on Dec 12, 2007 at 07:59 PM
    I find it very interesting that so many condemn Sarah for what she supposedly did to that little girl. Yet, if the child's mother had aborted her, no one would have condemned HER or charged HER with reckless homicide... It's OK to kill a child BEFORE she's born; just not AFTER --
  • by Angel Location: KY on Dec 12, 2007 at 07:40 PM
    Note to Kristi: Sorry, sweetie, but you have the wrong person listed as "evil." That would be those like you who have judged and condemned an innocent woman. Were you there when Maddie fell? No? Then you really don't KNOW what happened, do you now? The Bible says, "Judge not, lest ye be judged." Oops -- too late for you!
  • by Anon Location: USA on Dec 12, 2007 at 07:27 PM
    Attention all of you "experts" who seem to know the "proper" way to react in an emergency situation.... Don't you DARE judge the way anyone else handles a traumatic situation unless you have been in that situation yourself!! You cannot imagine how easy it is to do the "wrong" thing because you can't think straight -- And despite what the prosecutor said about Sarah -- that when Maddie fell she should NOT HAVE PICKED HER UP -- what mother in her right mind is going to let a child just lie there in a situation like that? If that prosecutor has a child, God help him or her. And Stephanie, how many people have you told that YOU are the one who introduced Sarah to Dave? So many lies were told by the Cundiff family in this trial... Dave, who supposedly mourns the daughter he lost, can't even take responsiblity for the one he still has. And Hope Cundiff, whether or not you believe in karma, it's gonna get ya one of these days. Your vindictive behavior will return to haunt you. Stay tuned...
  • by Woman Location: USA on Dec 12, 2007 at 09:54 AM
    Reckless Homicide: the reckless causing of the death of another human being or unborn child under circumstances which show an utter disregard for human life. Just wanted everyone to know what Sarah was being charged with, doesn't really sound like something a "loving and kind person" would be charged with. Sarah showed an utter disregard for human life, therefore she should lose all privileges with any children, I know I would never let her around mine.
  • by best friend Location: elizabethtown on Dec 12, 2007 at 09:33 AM
    I have known Sarah Taylor my entire life and can tell you without a doubt that she is not capable of the crime for which she was convicted. Sarah and I have known each other since kindergarten, went to church together, had first communion together, took our confirmation together, she was at my wedding (with David), she was there for the birth of my 2 children and many other countless life events. Sarah is a genuine, honest person without a single ounce of cruelty in her entire body or soul. She loves life and children and has lived her life with a strength I cannot imagine. The death of Madison Cundiff is no doubt a tragedy and I feel much sympathy for what her family has gone through. However, Sarah did not do what she has been accused. The Lexington news channels should be ashamed of their coverage and the way they portayed Sarah and convicted her before the trial had even begun. This was a tragic accident that no one can explain and now 2 lives are lost and many forever hurt.
  • by Stephanie Location: Illinois on Dec 11, 2007 at 06:22 PM
    Excuse me JHR, we did ask about the bruises but we were given reasons for them. We trusted Dave that he was protecting Madi. I am Madi's Aunt, Stephanie. Everyone on here that is sticking up for Sarah is saying that Madi's family hurt her. NOT ONE PERSON in our family hurt her, it was Sarah, I know she killed Madi. The bruises didn't start until Dave started dating her. Uhh, coincidence? Don't blame my family, HOW DARE YOU. The verdict is in, evidence clearly showed the jury that Sarah killed her. Madi was so loved by everyone, she was our little angel here on earth and is all of our guardian angels now. Madi is the most important fact here now, everyone else's opinions and supposed facts need to stop NOW. Madi is the one who knows what happened, Sarah knows what happened. And believe me one day I will know what happened whether I find out on this earth or in heaven. Sarah will break down in jail, inmates don't like 2 things, rapist and baby killers. She will definetly be in hell!
  • by Glad it's over Location: Good ol KY on Dec 11, 2007 at 05:04 PM
    Well, court is over and ms Sarah was found GUILTY... So her family and friends just have to deal with that now. 5 years.. geez... lord that is no long enough.. drug dealers get more than that. HMMM, makes a person ponder huh.
  • by MELANIE Location: ETOWN on Dec 11, 2007 at 02:57 PM
    If you are as educated "Woman in the USA" as you think you are, then you will note that Sarah was convicted of the least of the 4 charges that were against her. Now let's all stop throwing stones at glass houses and move on. Sarah not only lost 1 child, but now has lost 3...She was always kind to my children, no matter how many times they knocked on door and interrupted her day; she never got angry nor was ever rude to them! Reckless homicided DOES NOT label her as a baby killer! and I guess that I may add that I stand proud being a "Sarah Lover!"

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