March, 2 2011 - Becky Trujillo gets custody of Gabriel and his two sisters.
Sept. 23, 2011 - 7:27 p.m. - Check well being. Woman who lives down the street called to have Gabriel and his sisters checked.
Jan. 5, 2012 - 3:16 p.m. - Report of a 4-year-old boy having a broken arm and bruising on his face and lip.
Feb. 7, 2012 - 3:28 p.m. - Grandmother called wanting her grandson checked on...
Said the grandmother with custody took the child out of Head Start and was keeping him at home.
Says the boy is getting hurt at home and had bruising.
At the end of this call it says "per ACSS (Adams County Social Services), child was taken to Children's Hospital yesterday and had no broken bones."
Feb. 14, 2012 - 2 p.m. - Ambulance called to house. Becky Trujillo told dispatchers her grandson "fell from a chair and fell backwards."
She said, "He is breathing but he won't wake up." She is "crying."
Feb. 17, 2012 - 1 p.m. - Gabriel Trujillo dies at Children's Hospital Colorado.
Elizabeth Trujillo says she called police when she saw bruises on Gabriel, but says they ignored her.
"The police officer said, 'If you call us again we'll give you a citation.'
He refused to go out there and check on him, if he did he would be alive right now!" Elizabeth Trujillo said.
It wasn't just Elizabeth Trujillo who claims seeing the abuse.
Gabe’s aunt told CBS4′s Jennifer Brice that her mother would never do anything to harm her grandchildren.
Governor John Hickenlooper announced on Thursday that the child welfare system will be reformed after 43 children died while being involved in child welfare services in the last five years.
The next day Gabriel was gone. That number is now one higher.
He never had a chance even though people tried helping him.
I am so so sorry Gabriel.
Angry, frustrated tears.
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"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." ~Mark Twain
A 60-year-old grandmother is charged with first-degree murder and child abuse after she allegedly abused her 4-year-old grandson, Gabriel Trujillo, and caused his death.
Gabriel sustained “blunt force injuries to the head and neck,” according to the chief coroner for Adams and Broomfield counties.
In court on Tuesday there was a large showing of family members.
Then in January this year Gabriel had a broken arm and bruises to his face and lip.
Elizabeth Trujillo told 9 News: 'He was sweet, full of life. He loved his sisters, he loved his mom,' 'He loved to play around, you know, his cousins, he was just the sweetest little boy you could ever meet, full of life. And then he laid there lifeless, he didn't even get a chance with life.'
The first-degree murder charge means that Trujillo could face the death penalty in the death of her grandson, Gabriel Trujillo.
Gabe's mother, Christine, said she doesn't want the death penalty for her mother.
"I don't want her to get the death penalty. I don't," Christine Trujillo said. "I don't want no harm done to my mom ... I don’t want anyone to hurt her in prison."
She said the punishment of knowing she killed her own grandchild would be enough.
"If she did do it, it'd be guilt in her own brain, in her own mind," Christine Trujillo said.
She said she had given her mother custody of her three children under a 2-year custody agreement.
She said she was fighting substance abuse and couldn't care for her children on her own.
However, she said she began suspecting abuse a while ago.
She said she had photos of Gabe's injuries when another family member called Commerce City police on Feb. 7.
She said Gabe had a broken left arm and that the cast had come off earlier this month. She said her mother explained to her that Gabe had fallen.
"Those bruises were not from falling," Christine Trujillo said.
She said when she last saw her son on Feb. 11, he "acted like a robot."
But she doesn't want to believe that her mother could intentionally hurt her son.
"I do love my mom. I just miss my son," Christine Trujillo said.
About 15 family members showed up in court to support the grandmother.
"These are wrongful charges," Angela Trujillo, Gabe's aunt and Becky Trujillo's daughter, told 7NEWS after the hearing.
The boy had head injuries so severe that doctors had to crack his skull to relieve the brain's swelling, Rios said.
“The system failed or Gabriel Trujillo would be here today,” said one of Gabriel’s aunts.
On Saturday, friends and family came together in Commerce City to raise money for Gabriel Trujillo's funeral.
I wonder if anybody ever blew kisses to GABE??
The courtroom was filled this morning with many of Trujillo's family members who appeared to be in support of the grandmother.
After the hearing date was set and Trujillo was being returned to jail, people sitting in the courtroom waved and blew kisses to her.
About two-thirds of the audience left when Trujillo was taken away.
Second woman charged in death of 4-year-old Commerce City boy
Lana Roberts, 48, faces a charge of felony child abuse resulting in death.
Lana Roberts, 48, was living in a home with Doris Becky Trujillo at the time Gabriel Trujillo was killed, according to a news release from the Adams County District Attorney's office.
Details about Robert's role in Gabriel's death were not released. Documents in the case have been sealed.
Gabriel wasn't just beaten to death. Sad, that was my first thought... "but I thought she only beat him to death."
No... We have to torture the 4 year old first. Because he did what? Not eat, have an accident, tell you no? What is it this time?
I'm sorry Gabe.
Commerce City police say a 4-year-old boy whose grandmother is charged in his death had scratches, bruises and what appeared to be cigarette burns on his body.
Gabriel's body temperature was around 89 degrees. Trujillo told police that she punished the child by making him stand naked outside in the cold.
Medical professionals at Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora, where Gabriel was taken, reported that he had "catastrophic head injuries," including "evidence of old cranial bleeding." Gabriel also appeared malnourished and had multiple contusions and hypothermia, the court document obtained by 9News said.
The boy also had a temperature of 89 degrees and was suffering with hypothermia and head injuries, according to the report.
Investigators also indicate in their report the boy may have been put outside in the cold as a form of punishment.
"Ms. Trujillo indicated that earlier that same day she had put [Gabriel] outside, naked, in the cold as a form of discipline," investigators wrote in their report.
So tell me, why do we pull a toy off the shelf when one child chokes on it, but there's little being done about the hundreds of kids being MURDERED due to CHILD ABUSE?
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Probably because it's a whole lot easier to pull a toy off a shelf?
Most recent I can find... other than the fact that she IS still in custody in Adams County.
His grandmother, Trujillo, was arrested and has since pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and child abuse causing death.
Her next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 2.
Lana Roberts, Trujillo's roommate at the time of Gabriel's death, also pleaded not guilty to child abuse causing death and is awaiting trial.