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Grandmother accused of abuse after 4-year-old dies

9:45 PM, Feb 17, 2012   |    comments
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Trujillo was on life-support at the Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora, according to family members, until he passed away Friday at 1 p.m.

9Wants to Know has confirmed Doris Becky Trujillo was arrested after investigators found the boy unconscious at her house on Feb. 14 in the 6400 block of Siegal Court.

The Commerce City Police Department says the boy was taken to the hospital around 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

Medical crews and investigators were initially told the boy fell.

A day later, Doris Becky Trujillo was taken into custody and booked at the Adams County Detention Center after investigators determined the boy's injuries were not consistent with claims the boy fell.

Police say she is being held at the Adams County Detention Center for investigation of child abuse resulting in death.

"He was sweet, full of life. He loved his sisters, he loved his mom," step-grandmother Elizabeth Trujillo said. "He loved to play around, you know, his cousins, he was just the sweetest little boy you could ever meet, full of life. And then he laid there lifeless, he didn't even get a chance with life."

Elizabeth Trujillo says she called police when she saw bruises on Gabriel, but says they ignored her.

"The police officer said, 'If you call us again we'll give you a citation.' He refused to go out there and check on him, if he did he would be alive right now!" Elizabeth Trujillo said.

It wasn't just Elizabeth Trujillo who claims seeing the abuse. Frank Rios, a close family friend, says he also saw the boy being abused.

"He put up with a lot and went through a lot of abuse, I know he did," Rios said.

Elizabeth Trujillo claims her family reported Gabriel's child abuse a week before he was found unconscious.

9Wants to Know reviewed police records and assembled a timeline of all calls relating to Doris Becky Trujillo's home:

April 3, 2006 - 10:55 a.m. - Police called to Doris Becky Trujillo's home for a "civil matter."

Nov. 24, 2006 - 9:55 p.m. - Call to check the well being, no answer at the door.

March 28, 2009 - 8:55 p.m. - Vehicle repossession.

March, 2 2011 - Doris Becky Trujillo gets custody of Krista Trujillo, Monique Trujillo and Gabriel Trujillo. The father of the children, Jose Serna, received parenting time.

Sept. 23, 2011 - 7:27 p.m. - Check well being. Woman who lives down the street called to have the three children who lived with their grandmother checked.

Jan. 5, 2012 - 3:16 p.m. - Report of a 4-year-old boy having a broken arm and bruising on his face and lip.

Feb. 7, 2012 - 3:28 p.m. - Grandmother called wanting her grandson checked on but doesn't want the other grandmother to know she is calling. Said the grandmother with custody took the child out of Head Start and was keeping him at home. Says the boy is getting hurt at home and had bruising. At the end of this call it says "per ACSS (Adams County Social Services), child was taken to Children's Hospital yesterday and had no broken bones."

Feb. 14, 2012 - 2 p.m. - Ambulance called to house. Becky Trujillo told dispatchers her grandson "fell from a chair and fell backwards." She said, "He is breathing but he won't wake up." She is "crying."

Feb. 16, 2012 - 11:25 a.m. - Went to home to pick up belongings of the kids that were taken out of the home. "Negative contact at the door, will return another day. Decided social services were needed to collect the kids' things."

Feb. 17, 2012 - 1 p.m. - Gabriel Trujillo dies as Children's Hospital Colorado.

Feb. 17, 2012 - State of Colorado Human Services Department announces they are conducting a fatality review on his death. They do this when they have proof a death is the result of child abuse and that a local social services agency was involved.

Feb. 21, 2012 - Commerce City Police Department and Adams County District Attorney's Office to present formal charges against Doris Becky Trujillo.

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