Colorado

Feb 6, 2010 8:13 AM by Associated Press

Conflicting stories heard in child's death

A foster mother accused of killing a 2-year-old girl told a sheriff's investigator that she pushed the child because the youngster hadn't talked to her in a week.

The interview was played to jurors Friday in the first-degree murder trial of 36-year-old Jules Lynn Cuneo. She's accused of causing the head injuries that killed Alize Vick.

Cuneo's defense attorney says the child's death was caused by earlier injuries and that Cuneo is not to blame.

Jurors also saw video statements from Cuneo in which she gives different versions of events. In one she says Alize fell out of a parked car and in another she says she was bouncing Alize on her knee when the child fell and struck her head on a coffee table.

The death prompted criticism of Colorado's foster care system.

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