The Denver, Colorado District Attorney's Office has filed felony charges against a 17 year-old boy after the death of his 11 month old cousin on September 7th. The teen has been charged with child abuse resulting in death.
It is alleged that the teen fell asleep while babysitting the toddler. When he woke up, the toddler was unconscious in a bathtub full of water. It is believed that the toddler drowned while the teen slept.
Child abuse resulting in death is a very serious felony in all Colorado counties. If it the alleged actions of a defendant facing such a charge are found to be reckless or knowing, a conviction for child abuse resulting in death is a class 3 felony and is considered a crime of violence under Colorado law. A conviction for this form of child abuse carries a mandatory prison sentence of 10 years with a possible maximum sentence of 32 years.
If the alleged actions of a defendant charged with child abuse resulting in death are found to be negligent, the charge is a class 4 felony and is not consider a crime of violence. Still, this is a very serious felony and does carry a potential sentence of anywhere from 2-6 years in prison.
What should you or loved one is accused of child abuse when an accident has led to the death of a child in your care? The most important thing that you must do is to retain a Denver, Colorado criminal defense attorney who is knowledgeable and experienced with such such cases. You should do this before you agree to speak with any law enforcement officer. When choosing your attorney, carefully consider the lawyer's knowledge of the law, his or her experience, and the compassion and understanding that he or she shows during the initial consultation.
The Denver criminal defense criminal defense attorneys at Frankfurt & Trani, P.C. have handled hundreds of child abuse cases, including those that have been charged as both reckless and negligent child abuse resulting in death. In addition to being both knowledgeable and experienced with such cases, the child abuse lawyers at Frankfurt & Trani care about every client that they represent. You can contact them at (303) 830-0090 for a FREE Consultation.