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Weld County Grandmother Guilty in Death of 4-Month-Old Grandson

Sandy Archuleta
Weld County District Attorney

A grandmother on trial for abusing and killing her 4-month-old grandson was found guilty by a Weld County jury. Sandy Archuleta was convicted in the child abuse death of Donovan Archuleta, who died in August 2015 after days of abuse and neglect.

According to police reports and court testimony, Archuleta, Donovan’s grandmother, was asked to babysit him while his mother, Angelica Chavez, had other obligations.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Ben Whitney says:

Donovan was a happy, healthy 4-month-old baby when his mother dropped him off, but over the course of the next week, he was pinched, bruised, broken and burned. He’s dead because of the defendant.

Medical records show Donovan had chemical burns on his face, mouth and gums, a sepsis infection from pneumonia and red bruises caused by pinching from tweezers. He also had broken ribs, which examiners said were not caused by CPR. He later died at the Children’s Hospital in Denver from his injuries. Chavez is currently serving an 8-year prison sentence for her role in the boy’s death.

What’s Next

Donovan’s father Roberto “Nathan” Archuleta also faces charges. His next court date is November 2. Sandy Archuleta will be sentenced on January 11, when she faces up to 48 years in prison.

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