Jurors Hear 911 Call in Taft Murder Trial

By Lindsay Nielsen

August 17, 2012 Updated Aug 17, 2012 at 7:07 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Jurors heard a chilling 911 tape during the murder trial of Veronica Taft Friday.

Also, testimony from one witness who watched the son she is accused of killing in Binghamton in 2010.

Veronica Taft is charged with beating her son 2-year-old Lyric Taft to death, but during four days of testimony in her murder trial questions still remain about when exactly he was killed and why she would have done it.

Friday morning, both the defense and prosecution tried to set up a time line of events that happened the night before Lyric Taft was found dead on December 30, 2010.

A co-worker told jurors he picked Veronica Taft up for work before 11 pm and that she left at the end of the shift around 7 a.m.

Charles Pratt, a man Taft was dating at the time, told jurors he watched her four children the night of December 29 into the morning.

However, he said he did not see Lyric Taft until putting the other children to bed.

According to him Lyric was already in bed.

When he tried to wake him up in the morning he said he realized Lyric was not moving and was blue.

Pratt said he heard hollow breathing and attempted CPR.

He also admitted to being upset and punching a wall when paramedics arrived.

Jurors listened to a 911 tape Veronica Taft made after Pratt alerted her something was wrong with Lyric.

She was hysterically screaming and the dispatch operator asked her to calm down because he could not understand her.

Taft is heard saying "Oh my god, I can't believe this happened", but never actually tells the dispatcher what is wrong.

Cindy Rose, who is not a witness but was in the court room tells Action News she knew Veronica Taft and her children.

She says she noticed bruises on Taft's oldest child and believes the children were neglected by Taft.

She observed that others were always feeding them and giving them baths, including her daughter, who did call Child Protective Services on Taft as many other witnesses testified they also made reports.

Rose says she is extremely disappointed in CPS and believes it failed Lyric Taft.

Charles Pratt was questioned about his own criminal background.

He admitted to having multiple charges for selling drugs and possession of drugs, as well as an assault charge.

Testimony continues Monday in Broome County Court.