Age: 2 mos.
Born: April 15, 2011
Died: June 26, 2011
Suspect in death: Arielle Moyer and Juan Toscano, parents
Izaiah's parents said they fed the baby twice during the night and that he was asleep between them with blankets on him to keep him warm. When Moyer awoke about 7 a.m., Izaiah was cold and had stopped breathing. The parents drove the baby to a medical center in Rifle. Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.
The parents admitted that they had been drinking the night before Izaiah's death. Marijuana and paraphernalia were also found in their diaper bag. They refused to take drug tests.
An autopsy showed the baby, who had been born three weeks prematurely, had suffocated. The autopsy reported there was no other sign of trauma.
The Garfield County Department of Human Services had been contacted by someone with concerns about Izaiah's welfare when he was born. His mother reportedly had been using marijuana as late as a week prior to his birth.
Caseworkers went to the home to assess potential problems. Moyer said she had only smoked marijuana to relax two weeks before the birth. Toscano denied any drug use. Social workers noted that there were adequate supplies for the baby in the home and that the couple was receiving multiple forms of welfare. The assessment was closed a month later.
The state Child Fatality Review Team found that Garfield County did not violate any policies in the case. The team report did note that there was no communication between the caseworker and a"family visitor" who helps teach parenting skills in homes. The caseworker also did not offer any drug evaluation or treatment services to Moyer.
No criminal charges were filed against the parents, ages 20 and 22 at the time of their son's death.
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