Jury Recommends 5 Years In Baby Murder Trial

A Lexington jury has convicted a woman of reckless homicide in the death of a 22-month-old girl. They recommend a five year sentence.

Sarah Taylor was charged with murder in the death of Madison Cundiff. Taylor claims the toddler fell down the stairs while she was babysitting.

The medical examiner found the child's death was from shaken
baby syndrome.

The jury returned the guilty verdict in about three hours.

The jury recommended she serve five years behind bars for the crime.


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  • by RELATIVE Location: ILLINOIS on Mar 27, 2008 at 03:01 PM
    I KNEW ALL ALONG THAT SOMETHING WAS WRONG WITH MADISON, WHEN SHE CAME TO MY HOUSE WITH BRUISES,YES, BRUISES. I WOULD ASK THE FATHER WHAT HAD HAPPEN, HE SAID MADISON FELL DOWN. COME ON, THOSE KINDS OF BRUISES. MADISON LIVED WITH ME AFTER THE PARENTS SPLIT AND SHE WASN'T FALLING DOWN ALL THE TIME. WHEN MADISON WOULD BE DROPPED OFF BACK IN KENTUCKY TO SPEND TIME WITH THE FATHER, SHE CRIED AND CRIED. SHE KNEW SHE WOULD BE HARMED. WE SHOULD OF GOTTEN A LAWYER THEN.
  • by Anonymous Location: Etown Ky on Dec 18, 2007 at 05:50 PM
    First of all I give credit to David Cundiff. It took a lot of courage to say what you had to say. I have been a friend of Sarah's for a long time. I knew her before she had her first child. I worked with her and we are friends. I have not spoken to her for awhile due to my own lack of correspondence. Sarah was always kind, good natured and never did I see her ever present a nature that would present herself of ever being able to harm a child. My family grew to love her just from getting to know her from her taking care of my handicapped sister when she came to the office. I was asked to be a character witness for Sarah if need be a long time ago and I told Sarah I would. The Sarah I knew and alot of people knew and loved was not capable of what people are saying that she did. Only Sarah and God and Madi know. I want to believe in the Sarah that I knew and I hope that David one day you will be able to tell Sarah that you believe in her too! I miss my friend as you miss Madi!
  • by Susan Location: Bowling Green on Dec 15, 2007 at 03:58 PM
    Read the transcript of the files. She didn't shake the baby to death. The baby fell down the stairs. Her mistake was not calling 911 immediately and not making sure the door to the basement was latched!
  • by Anonymous Location: ky on Dec 14, 2007 at 09:48 PM
    Once again I'll say it "Hanging"too bad we can't go back to that the world might be a better place if we did! But no put her up in style for 5 years feed her 3 meals a day and a warm place to sleep and give her basically anything she wants we as tax payers will be happy to pay for that !!!! Hang Her!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Anonymous Location: kentucky on Dec 14, 2007 at 07:21 PM
    So if you read through these comments the grandmother says this happened on may 5th and the father says that it happened on may 6th that should be a day you never forget or did something happen may 5th? and i also wonder if sarah ever took a lie detector test or was even asked to take one, because i would request one if i knew i was innocent. the worst part is there is a precious little girl that is now gone and i truly believe God will handle all things in the end and if sarah is innocent he will watch over her as well.
  • by RC Location: Cynthiana on Dec 14, 2007 at 11:52 AM
    You can show people mercy and empathy and they can also be punished for the crimes they commit. This lady has been convicted of killing a child. If you would like to exercise your Christianity, pray for her and ask the Lord to give her mercy and empathy because she has broken one of our 10 commandments: "Thou Shalt not Kill." But to show her mercy or empathy by letting her be free without any punishment would be totally irresponsible. And I, too, agree that 5 years is too light a sentence. Yes, we all make mistakes and sometimes let our tempers get the best of us, but lady there is a whole nation full of people with children who lose their tempers but DO NOT kill them.
  • by jordan Location: pikeville on Dec 14, 2007 at 07:23 AM
    A little late for Fletchers help but looks like she got off easy.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Dec 13, 2007 at 06:16 PM
    Susan - As the father of a one year old, YOU DO NOT ACCIDENTLY SHAKE A BABY TO DEATH! Speaking of mercy and empathy, she should be shown the same amount this 22 month old angel was...NONE!
  • by Susan Location: Bowling Green on Dec 13, 2007 at 09:57 AM
    Read all of the comments. She wasn't convicted of murder but reckless homicide. Any of us could do something with out thinking, ex. pushing a child on a swing too high, that would result in a child having a head injury and dying. Do we really want to punish people for 5 years for something they will have to live with their entire lives!! Do we not have any mercy or emphathy in our hearts for people who made an unintentional mistake? Where is your Christianity people? Especially at this time of year?
  • by anon on Dec 13, 2007 at 08:58 AM
    My deepest sympathy to the family who lost the little girl. It's hard here, because we miss the ones we love, but you have to find happiness in knowing that they are in a far better place. On another note 5 years is pathetic. I could go out and kick a dog and people would be wanting to hang me in the streets. You know it has come to a bad time, when animal abuse can get you tougher punishment than abuse or murder on a human being.

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