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Failed To Death: Charles Pettus, Jr.

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Charles Pettus, Jr.
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Age: 4 yrs.
Born: Oct 10, 2006
Died: June 7, 2011
Location: Summit County
Suspect in death: Cyisha Cook, mother; Nathaniel Comeger, mother's boyfriend

The Colorado State Patrol determined that Nathaniel Comeger, the boyfriend of Charles's mother, was driving the car 72 mph in a 50-mph zone in the Eisenhower Tunnel when he lost control of the car.

The Colorado State Patrol found that neither Charles nor his four siblings was wearing seatbelts or any type of restraints. Both Comeger and the children's mother, Cyisha Cook, denied that they had failed to restrain the children in the car.

Cook was charged with child abuse causing significant bodily injury, which was dropped to manslaughter. She pleaded guilty and was given a four-year deferred sentence. Comeger was charged with child abuse resulting in death, four counts of reckless driving resulting in significant bodily injury and driving without a license. He pleaded guilty to vehicular assault and criminally negligent homicide and received four years probation.

The El Paso County Department of Human Services received three prior allegations of abuse and neglect, including one alleging the children slept on the floor and had black and decaying teeth.

Charles died four nights after the child-protective staff received the last allegation of neglect, an allegation that prompted a child-welfare caseworker to leave a business card at the family's home requesting a call. That call never was made, the state's review of the death reported.

The state also faulted the Colorado State Patrol for not reporting the fatal car accident to child-protective workers when two adults were charged criminally in the crash.

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