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Feb 5, 2010 8:13 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Trial begins in foster child death

Jurors in the case of a foster mother accused of killing a 2-year-old heard the woman's frantic call to a 911 dispatcher during the first day of her trial.

Jules Lynn Cuneo told the dispatcher during the call on October 2007 that the girl had fallen. Cuneo faces a first-degree murder charge for the death of Alize Vick. The trial began Thursday and continues Friday.

A coroner ruled the child died from blunt trauma to the head.

Cuneo initially told police the girl fell out of a parked car. She later said 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. Abuse complaints against Cuneo had been filed with the state as far back as 2003.

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