Failed to Death: Sailor Kuhn

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Sailor Serenity Raine Kuhn
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Age: 6 mos.
Born: April 2, 2011
Died: Nov 1, 2011
Location: Cortez
Suspect in death: Dylan Kuhn, father

But Sailor's mother, April Coleman, told police those plans fizzled, so the group dropped a skeleton made of PVC pipe into a lake "to scare people," rented a horror film, picked up Sailor at around 1:30 a.m. and headed home.

Coleman's brother and another friend who spent the night at the apartment told police that Coleman and Sailor's father, Dylan Kuhn, went to bed about 4 a.m. and put the 6-month-old in a bassinette in their bedroom.

Just before 8 a.m., April Coleman left to go to work and laid Sailor, who had been running a fever and had cried all night, on the bed next to Kuhn. Soon afterward, Kuhn woke his friends, asking them to help perform CPR on his daughter who wasn't breathing. Sailor was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Kuhn, who was 18 at the time, told police he woke up and found the baby hanging from the side of the bed with a blanket around her neck.

An autopsy of Sailor Kuhn found "dirt in her ears and on her hands," and a diaper "full of feces from front to back. There was also a clear plastic wrapper from a cigarette package in the diaper."

She had an old bruise on her forehead, and bruises on her brain. The autopsy also found bleeding behind her eyes.

Eventually Kuhn told police he slammed Sailor onto the bed in frustration. He pled guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 90 days in jail by District Court Judge Douglas Walker.

Montezuma County child welfare workers knew April Coleman because three years earlier they had put her first child in foster care after the baby boy "received substantial injuries" from her boyfriend, according to Montezuma County Sheriff's Office reports.

After her daughter died, April Coleman told police, "she thought Sailor was going to be OK because she made it past the spot (age)" of her first child when he was hurt.

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