Jurors in the first-degree murder trial of Jules Lynn Cuneo today are watching a video of the former foster mom’s interview with an El Paso County Sheriff’s investigator.
The interview took place on Oct. 9, 2007 while 2-year-old Alize Vick was stilling clinging to life at Memorial Hospital. She would die the next day of closed head injuries.
In the interview with Detective Cliff Porter, Cuneo tearfully described the incident which sent the girl to the hospital.
She had just returned from Target with her twin daughters plus Alize and her 9-month-old brother. While loading the kids into her Ford Expedition, Cuneo said Alize tumbled out of the car and hit her head on the pavement.
But after wiping her face, Alize seemed to be OK, Cuneo told the detective.
Back at her house at 11580 Calle Corvo, Cuneo said she was getting Alize into her pajamas while her twins picked out their clothing for the next day. Alize had taken her clothes off and was in her diaper.
“I put her on my lap,” Cuneo said. They played “horsey ride,” she said.
“She wasn’t too responsive to me…I got a smile out of her,” Cuneo said. “Next thing I know, she falls off of me.”
“Everything happens so fast,” Cuneo said, describing how Alize’s neck and head hit a table.
“I scooped her up at that point because it scared me and said ‘are you OK?’”
“She won’t reply to me and her eyes rolled back.”
Cuneo said she ran to the bathroom, holding Alize and splashing some cold water on her.
She told her daughters, “get out of my way quick…I don’t know what’s wrong with Alize.”
“I noticed there’s no response and it’s almost like she went limp…I couldn’t get any response out of her.”
Cuneo said she laid Alize down on the bed and called 911.
The jury took a break for lunch and will continue watching the tape when testimony resumes.
The juror who fainted yesterday has returned to the 11-woman, 3-man panel which has 12 jurors and 2 alternates.
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