A jury has been seated and opening statements presented in the trial of Sarah Cullen, who is accused in the death of four-month-old Cash Bell.
The prosecution described Cash as a beautiful, healthy baby boy with no prior health concerns. On February 28, 2013, he was taken to Women's Methodist Hospital unresponsive and died just five days later.
In court, prosecutors said Cash's father returned home around 9 a.m. after forgetting his checkbook. He saw Cash lying face down in his Pack-N-Play, he turned the baby over and Cash was breathing; however, he noted the breathing was a bit off. Prosecutors said the Dad thought Cash was just adjusting to breathing while on his back. He stuck around for a little while then left. Cash's father said he last saw Cullen holding his son.
An hour later, prosecutors said Cullen called Cash's mother to let her know Cullen and her boyfriend, Andrew Ullsberger, were taking Cash to the hospital. Prosecutors noted that before calling 911 or the mother, Cullen called her boyfriend.
Doctors at Women's Methodist Hospital began treating the lifeless baby, but decided to life-flight him to Children's Hospital and Medical Center. Cash died five days later, in his mother's arms.
Prosecutors said Cash died of blunt force trauma. The infant had two skull fractures, bruising and bleeding on the brain.
Investigators said Cullen told them three reasons why the boy was injured, that he bumped his head on a door, fell out of a swing and fell at the bottom of the stairs.
In its opening statement, the defense called the evidence against Cullen circumstantial. Attorney Matthew Miller asked the jury to set aside emotion and listen to the evidence. He believes the state will not prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt.
Cullen has two children of her own.