2-year-old dies after suspected abuse

4:37 PM, Sep 10, 2011   |    comments
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Lakewood Police say they were called to the apartment in the 700 block of South Vance Street shortly after 5 p.m. Officers say when they arrived, they found 2-year-old Dolci Gryshayeva unresponsive and took her to the hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

"I had just driven home from school, just as I was pulling up I saw a fire truck, an ambulance and cop cars and then I saw a paramedic carrying out this little girl. She looked lifeless. I was hoping she was OK," Holly Rosen, a resident at the apartment complex, said.

Officers arrested 24-year-old Keith Nick Ruiz, believed to be the boyfriend of the 2-year-old's mother. He was the only person at the apartment when officers arrived. Officers say the child's mother was not home at the time of the incident but did arrive at the scene a short time later.

"There's enough probable cause to say this isn't an accidental death of this child and that's why we are going through an extreme search of the residence," Sgt. Mitchell Harper with Lakewood Police said.

"We are looking at everything from bedding to clothing to any type of fluids. Basically trying to piece together what happened," says Harper.

Investigators have been at the scene since the incident, guarding the area and looking for evidence. But as of Saturday afternoon, residents at the apartment complex still hadn't been notified what was going on.

"Makes us feel uneasy we don't know what's going on here. We haven't been told anything and so we are scared," says Rosen.

Rosen says even though she didn't know Dolci, she can't stop thinking about her.

"It's really sad. I had been thinking about her in the back of my mind since Wednesday and I was hoping she would survive and be OK. It's just a tragedy," Rosen said.

Ruiz was originally charged with child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury. He is now facing a charge of child abuse resulting in death.

Ruiz remains in custody at the Jefferson County Jail on $100,000 bond. 9News asked to interview him. He declined.
Ruiz has a few misdemeanors in his criminal history report.

A Facebook page has been created for Dolci. You can find it at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dolci-Joselyn-GryshayevaAragon-SWEETS/209820452415774?sk=photos

In just 20 hours since it has been created, more than 1,000 people had visited the page.

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