Found unconscious in the home of his grandmother on Valentine’s Day, little Gabriel Trujillo died Friday at Colorado’s Children’s Hospital in Aurora.
According to the Adam’s County Coroner, Gabriel, 4, died of blunt force to the head and neck and they have since ruled his case a homicide. The grandmother, Doris Becky Trujillo, 60, arrested on February 14th, has now been charged with child abuse and first degree murder.
Gabriel has lived with his grandmother and two older sisters, Krista (13 yrs) and Monique (10 yrs) since she received custody in March of 2011. His father, José Serna, had visitation rights.
Although Trujillo told dispatchers that Gabriel had fallen off a chair backwards and ‘won’t wake up,’ this tragic event was the last evidence of abuse for little Gabriel. In September of 2011, concerned neighbors requested a welfare check after reportedly witnessing possible child abuse. This past January, Gabriel was seen with a broken arm as well as numerous bruises on his face and lips.
His paternal step-grandmother, Elizabeth Trujillo, also concerned with Gabriel’s well being requested a welfare check a week before his death. After contacting social workers about her concerns, they then advised her to contact police. On February 7, police did check on the family, however stated they would not return as the family seemed ‘normal.’
Elizabeth Trujillo told 9 News, “He was sweet, full of life. He loved his sisters, he loved his mom. And then he laid there lifeless, he didn’t even get a chance with life.”