AURORA, Colo. – Two Aurora mother and father face misdemeanor youngster abuse fees stemming from the co-sleeping deaths of two of their toddler youngsters that occurred in 2014 and 2016.
Gregory Tyler Newton, 27, and Tierra Collins, 28, had warrants for his or her arrest on the fees issued and served in late February.
However because the causes of demise for each youngsters have been deemed “undetermined” in autopsies, each face solely two second-diploma misdemeanor fees for youngster abuse with out damage knowingly or recklessly triggered.
If convicted, every would face a most penalty of a yr in jail and $1,000 high quality for every cost.
The primary youngster died in July 2014 and the second died in late June 2016.
In each instances, Newton and Collins had been sleeping with the kid after allegedly consuming and utilizing marijuana, based on arrest affidavits for each.
It’s unclear within the affidavits precisely what brought about the youngsters’s deaths, however in each instances, Collins was alleged to have been inebriated and troublesome to wake once they infants have been discovered not respiration. Collins’ brother discovered the child in 2014 and Newton discovered the kid final yr.
Additionally in each situations, police investigating the instances discovered their house to be filthy: suffering from liquor and beer empties, cigarette butts, soiled diapers and different trash.
Additionally in each instances, based on the affidavits, Collins appeared unaffected by the very fact her infants weren’t respiration. The affidavits additionally say that Collins had drank and smoked all through her first being pregnant, and continued to drink sometimes through the being pregnant with the second youngster. An individual who is aware of the couple described her as an alcoholic.
In each instances, coroners famous that neither child was discovered with any apparent trauma and examined adverse for medicine and alcohol. However each famous that the infants have been in an “unsafe sleep surroundings,” although the causes and manners of demise of each youngsters have been each deemed “undetermined.”
Collins took half within the Household Nursing Partnership Program, which brings a nurse to a brand new mom’s house to teach them in preventative well being practices throughout pre- and submit-natal care.
The nurse who labored with Collins repeatedly informed her it was unsafe to sleep together with her youngsters, however Collins continued to take action, saying that was the best way she was introduced up, in line with the affidavit.
Collins had standing hearings in 18th Judicial District Courtroom on March 1 and seven. A pretrial convention for her case is about for April 24. Newton is due in courtroom April 10.