Long before Tavyus Workman was born, his fractured family seemed in almost constant crisis.
Three months before Jazzmin Escobar died because of what her uncle described as a tumble down the stairs to a cement floor, her older brother told a caseworker that the same uncle scratched behind his ears and whipped him.
The Phillips County Department of Social Services received five referrals between 2001 and 2003 related to Leticia Ruybal's parenting.
Her mother, Dana Trujillo, often left her care up to her oldest daughter, then-16-year-old Heather, and her daughter's live-in boyfriend, Lamar Roberts, then 17, who beat Zoe to death.
Chase and Olivia Ogden, 13-year-old twins , died Oct. 4, 2010, of gunshot wounds in a murder-suicide in which their mother also shot herself.
Maria Darlene Gardner , distraught over the suicide of her husband, was in no shape to continue caring for her five young children. A community services provider warned an El Paso County child welfare caseworker that Gardner was making funeral arrangements for herself and the children.
Before Chad Munoz was even born, his parents were causing him harm.
Child-protection workers had seven chances to help Ciarea Witherspoon's family before she was left alone in a bathtub.
The backyard where 4-year-old Lyberty Spencer liked to play was described after her death by police as "an accident waiting to happen." Rusty nails, batteries and a broken swing set cluttered the yard.
Daisai Derzon was a 2-year-old in Cortez when her biological parents went to prison, their parental rights terminated, and Daisai and her two siblings were placed in a foster home. Within two months, the children were moved to another foster home across the state in Grand County where Daisai would die of a severe blow to the head within a year.
The little brother and sister were asleep as fire and smoke crept through their house, asphyxiating them in their beds. No one was home to protect them.
Laniece Fletcher, the youngest of four, was always trying to keep up with her brothers and sisters. The day she was run over by a van in the parking lot of her apartment complex, the 22-month-old was playing outside with three of them - only she was too small for the van's driver to see.
Kevin Rosa Perez's uncle, Jason Price, a Fort Carson soldier, was charged with killing 2-year-old Kevin after the boy died of blunt-force trauma to the head.
Rashad Maxey's mom dropped him off at his aunt's house Dec. 6, 2007, so she could take care of him for the day. He was bundled in his snowsuit, a little sick, but happy enough that he waved bye-bye to his mom as she left for work.
Charles Pettus Jr., 4, died June 7, 2011, in a single-car rollover crash on Interstate 70 near the Eisenhower Tunnel.
No one was watching Andres Estrada when he died.
Grayson Hunt died in filth.
Miriam Gallegos promised her mother she wouldn't leave Neveah alone with her boyfriend.
Julian Adams Lacas was born with bright blue eyes.
Aldrich Leathers was found floating in the tub with his bath toys.
Child-protection workers knew Caleb Pacheco's family was looking for him.
As a caregiver for children, Jacob Garcia was covered in red flags.
Maria Macias never heard the sound of her own name.
No one was watching 2-year-old Adoal Monydhal when she pushed open the screen door onto the sixth-story balcony.
Six-month-old Alesana Lynn-Marie Mowery died in 2011 with her head
wedged between a mattress and a wall. Her mother, Michelle Huff, after a
night out drinking, had placed Alesana on her queen-sized bed with a
2-year-old half brother. Huff then went to sleep on the living room
floor with her 3-year-old.
Lilian Leyba spent her first Thanksgiving surrounded by family.
Chase and Olivia Ogden, 13-year-old twins , died Oct. 4, 2010, of
gunshot wounds in a murder-suicide in which their mother also shot
On July 27, 2008, Amanda Holbert placed her 9-month-old son, Isaiah
Perez, into a tub for a bath in their Log Lane Village home in Morgan
Urijah's death is still under investigation.
Iyana's grandmother, Snowie Buehler, was supposed to provide a place of refuge for Iyana.
About five months before Alexander Perkins died, a Teller County
child-protective staffer was warned that two children, ages 5 and 7,
were wearing diapers and not attending school.
Legally blind, Kayla Dutcher died Oct. 7, 2007, from an overdose of Tramadol , a prescription painkiller. The El Paso County Department of Human Services determined she died of fatal neglect and an injurious environment, and listed the parents as being responsible.
Tahca Christensen had left her young children alone in the bathtub before.
Calvin Pitts couldn't explain the burns on his 3-month-old son's left thigh and right foot.
The little brother and sister were asleep as fire and smoke crept
through their house, asphyxiating them in their beds. No one was home to
Torrey Brown Jr.'s grandmother got to keep him for one night after she told an Adams County caseworker she feared for his life. Then she was ordered to give the baby back to his mother, who police say suffocated him and threw him in the trash.
Jilliean Phillips drank three cans of beer and took three shots of vodka before she laid her 5-month-old daughter in bed with her. When she awoke Oct. 24, 2010, Samantha Brown was dead.
When a relative called Weld County social services to complain that the children in Genevieve Barea's home behaved oddly and were afraid of Barea, the complaint was quickly written off.
Tamyrii "Mimi" Randall lived with her mother, Tanesa Randall, an infant
sibling, a 9-year-old sister and her mother's boyfriend, Tristan Price.
According to a Pueblo Police Department report, Antonio's father, Anthony Angel, claimed the infant sustained fatal injuries when he hit his head on a bar while riding on a public bus.
Stonie Bridgeo was 2½ years old in 2008 when he spent a morning watching television in his family's rented Eckert home while his father, Michael Bridgeo, who had just returned from working a night shift, slept in another room.
Child-protection workers received nine phone calls from people concerned about Manuela Tooker's foster home before they placed Angel Deherrera in her care.
Joziah Romero was cold and stiff when his mother found him.
A month after she successfully completed a Nurturing Parent Program, teen mother Delia Malouff was four-times-the-legal-limit drunk when she rolled over on her 8-month-old baby in her bed and suffocated him.
The danger of leaving powerful drugs out where children could reach them
was a recurring lesson social workers and medical professionals tried
to teach Robert Smallwood.
Alexus' death is still under investigation.
Moon Sosuke Tafoya was just five months old when she died last June 15 at Swedish Medical Center.
Like his nine older siblings and half-siblings, David Torres tested positive for drugs on the day he was born.
Summer Moon Hawk was the first child born in Loveland in 2010. A newspaper article heralded the occasion.
Izaiah Toscano-Moyer was 2 months old when his parents, Arielle
Moyer and Juan Toscano, took him camping in a tent near Rifle in late
Roseanna Key heard her son crying - screaming - from behind the door.
Gabriel Trujillo's frail body was covered in bruises and what appeared to be cigarette burns.
The three times Isidoro Valdez dropped his infant daughter, child-protection workers considered them accidents.
Then, he killed her.
Jocilynn Graham was 13 months old when she was removed from life support on Dec. 9, 2011.
The story of 7-year-old Chandler Grafner is among the most notorious of child deaths in Colorado history, so tragic it led to a governor's review of child abuse.
Based on the reports filed by her foster mother, 2-year-old Alize
Vick was extremely accident prone during the seven months she lived with
The last eight years of Jesse Weaver's life, Lincoln County
caseworkers frequently investigated child abuse and neglect cases at his
Amanda Lujan found her 10-month-old son where he was left the night before - swaddled in a blanket on the closet floor, tucked away next to a teddy bear and an old speaker.
Christian Wentz had recently celebrated his first birthday when his
mother, Krystal Wentz, found a bad burn on his hand and tried to take
him to a doctor. Christian's father, Edward Geavanni Cox, tried to stop
her from going and the public struggle turned into a domestic violence
arrest for Cox on April 6, 2010, in the tiny mining town of Somerset.
Alex's death is still under investigation and few details are available.
Preston Cheever was born amid allegations that his mother was abusing Vicodin.
Zachariah Yancey was a week shy of 3 months old in August 2009 when his
father called 911 to report his son was having trouble breathing.
El Paso County Department of Human Services received numerous reports that 12-year-old Ashaquae Foster was being abused and mistreated.
The day that would have been Elijah's fifth birthday, his 27-year-old father, Wilfred Exilasse, was arrested by Orange County, Fla., law enforcement authorities on child abuse charges in connection with the child's death.