Failed to Death: Antonio Angel

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Antonio Angel

Age: 5 mos.
Born: June 15, 2011
Died: Nov 21, 2011
Location: Pueblo
Suspect in death: Anthony Angel, father


Police reviewed video from the bus and confirmed Antonio did hit his head during the ride, but physicians said that incident would not have caused the death.

The injuries were caused by blunt-force trauma, which police said occurred when Anthony Angel was caring for the child.

Angel has been charged with first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death. His trial still is pending.

The parents - Anthony Angel and Brandi Strawn - had been monitored by child-protective staff before.

A state review of the infant's death reported that in February 2010 Otero County Department of Social Services received a report stating that Strawn was partying and drinking and using marijuana with her daughter in the house.

Strawn told the caseworkers that Antonio Angel was making false accusations against her in an attempt to get custody of her daughter. The caseworkers investigated and decided they could not confirm the allegations against Strawn.

Otero child protective staffers already had been providing services to the family to try to help alleviate domestic violence concerns between Strawn and Angel. Those services, however, were unsuccessful and Strawn's daughter was placed in foster care and Strawn's parental rights were terminated on April 29, 2011.

Less than two months after Strawn lost her parental rights to her daughter, she gave birth to Antonio.

Antonio died on Nov. 21, 2011.

The state review of the child's death further found that both Strawn and Anthony Angel were provided child protective services due to unspecified safety concerns when they were growing up.

"Both Ms. Strawn and Mr. Angel were raised in homes that did not meet their safety needs as children," that state review found. "They had their own parental rights terminated on one child and had limited resources and relationships to turn to for their own parenting needs."

Read the Arrest Affidavit

Read the Fatality Review

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