Failed To death: Alivia Ramirez

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Alivia Ramirez
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Age: 15 mos.
Born: July 4, 2010
Died: Oct 30, 2011
Location: Aurora
Suspect in death: Danielle Brockman, mother

Timothy and Alivia's then-23-year-old mother, Danielle Lynn Brockman, had put them to bed and at 9:30 p.m. went out to party with her friends. After a night of drinking and smoking pot, she returned home at 5 a.m., according to court testimony.

Brockman saw the house smoke as she got out of a cab about a block away. It took three police officers to pry iron security bars off the children's bedroom window. By the time they reached the kids, it was too late.

Investigators blamed the Oct. 30, 2011, fire on "unattended cooking."

Brockman is scheduled for trial on two counts of felony child abuse, each with a possible punishment of up to 24 years in prison.

The fire was not the first time Arapahoe County authorities had heard of little Timothy and Alivia Ramirez. Three times in the previous three years, people had called child-protective services to report concerns.

On July 4, four months before the fire, Timothy was wandering alone on 13th Avenue in Aurora. His mother, who showed up 10 minutes after police, said she had trouble keeping him from escaping. The referral was "screened out."

Then, just weeks before the children's deaths, Aurora police informed child-protection workers that a neighbor found Timothy wandering alone outside at midnight. Contacted by a police officer, Brockman "seemed unconcerned." That referral was accepted for investigation by a caseworker, who advised Brockman and her father about how to improve parenting skills.

A state review of the deaths noted it was concerning that it took police two weeks to pass along information about the boy alone outside at midnight.

Also, the caseworker working with the family had not yet contacted the children's father, who lived in Atlanta. He might have told the caseworker - as he did after the fire - that Brockman would disappear for weeks at a time and was "more concerned with her friends and partying than being a responsible mother."

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