Failed To Death: Alesana Mowery

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Alesana Mowery
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Age: 6 mos.
Born: Sept 8, 2010
Died: March 26, 2011
Location: Grand Junction
Suspect in death: Michelle Huff, mother

Nearly eight hours later, when she awoke at 10 in the morning, and after she had a cigarette, she realized her baby had not awaked.

Huff found Alesana, cold and blue.

Alesana had been living with her mom, grandmother, two half brothers and the grandmother's two pre-teens in a Mesa County home that investigators described as extremely dirty and"unsafe for the younger children in the home."

In 2009, the father of Huff's older children reported to the Mesa County Department of Human Services that when he went to Huff's home to pick up his sons, they were dirty and there were several adults smoking marijuana.

Four days later, two Mesa County Department of Human Services caseworkers met with the father to discuss his concerns. Eleven days later, a caseworker went to Huff's home. The caseworker didn't find any indication of abuse or neglect.

After Alesana died, Huff's two older children were placed in foster care. The Mesa County District Attorney declined to press charges against Huff, calling Alesana's death a tragic accident, but not a crime.

Alesana's father, Bradley Mowery, was found guilty of sexual assault on a child outside the family after his daughter's death.

A half year after Alesana's death, Huff posted on Facebook:"Allys 1st bday on the 8th. Prob gonna have cake on her grave site. Who wants 2 b there?"

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