'I shouldn't have done any of that stuff that I did'

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“What do you want to know?" detectives videotaped McAnulty asking. “Does this mean I am getting arrested?"

EUGENE, Ore. - Aaron Hoberg went to Sacred Heart Hospital at RiverBend the night of Dec. 9, 2009, and watched as medics and nurses exited Jeanette Maples' hospital room.

"I've never seen medics and nurses like that," the Lane County sheriff's detective told a courtroom Friday.

Hoberg interviewed Lynn McAnulty first, then her son, Richard McAnulty.

He started interviewing Richard's wife Angela McAnulty - Maples' mother - after midnight in the early hours of Dec. 10, 2009, the day after Maples died.

“What do you want to know?" detectives videotaped McAnulty asking. “Does this mean I am getting arrested?"

"No," they told her. "You are here voluntarily.”

Wearing a "High School Musical" sweatshirt, the Angela McAnulty on the videos shown in court Friday was a contrast to the sobbing mother at the defense table.

McAnulty pleaded guilty to murdering her daughter. A jury must now decide whether she should spend her life in prison, get a chance for parole after 30 years - or face the death penalty.

The video of McAnulty's interview provided the court a glimpse of McAnulty's initial attempts to deny she had done anything wrong. She later pleaded not guilty, but changed her plea to guilty at the outset of her criminal trial.

Child Abuse: How does Oregon investigate reports?In the video, McAnulty tells the detectives that her two youngest children attended public school but that Maples had been homeschooled.

At first, she denies hurting Jeanette and tells the detectives her husband was in charge of discipline.

The detectives tell her that her husband - and the younger children - told them a different story.

She says she went shopping and that Maples got in an argument with her brother and fell over.

The detectives don't buy the story, pressing her for details

"The reason why she's so skinny honest to God is when she split her lip awhile back," she says. "I did not know exactly how to feed her."

McAnulty tells the detectives that Maples picked at her wounds.

"She kept messing with it, and she's the type of child that messes and messes and messes with stuff," she says.

The detectives probe her story.

"If she was getting skinny, didn't you think you should've taken her to the doctor to get it professionally fixed?

"I took it off and fed her," McAnulty says. "I fed her everyday."

McAnulty blamed the injuries to Maples' mouth on falls.

"Who gives the spankings?" detectives ask.

"My husband," McAnulty answers.

"What does he use?"

"A belt."

"What kind of belt?"

"A belt, just a long belt," McAnulty said. "That's why her side was so messed up because he spanked her on her side."

The detectives suggest otherwise.

"I think we're going to find sticks, rulers and pliers -"

"Pliers?" McAnulty screams. "No pliers!"

Bit by bit, the story begins to crumble.

"Tell me how you got so angry you hit her?" detectives ask.

"I don't know, I just did," she answers. "I just did. I just ..."

Eventually, McAnulty begins to come clean.

"I did wrong," she tells detectives. "I should never have spanked my daughter with a belt. I shouldn't have done that. That was horrible of me. I shouldn't have done any of that stuff that I did. I shouldn't have done hands up. I understand that. I am very sorry. I don't know how I can take it back."

But she stops short of taking responsibility for Maples' death.

"I didn't do the injury on the head. I did not do that," she says. "I know that she probably died because of the injury on her head, through the skull when she fell down. I did not kill my daughter over a spanking. I didn't do that.

"I guess the things she did just got to me," Maples says. "I don't know. Honest to God I don't know. I'm sorry. I am sorry."

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