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STERLING, Colo. -- A Sterling family prepares to bury their young son Saturday afternoon.

It’s been 11 days since their 2-year-old son died in a house fire.

Chris and Julia Welton face accusations of being neglectful parents. They’re accusations they say are not true.

"It's painful. It really is," says Chris.

Time and weather have taken a toll on a makeshift memorial for little Levi Welton.

While cruel gossip takes its toll on the toddler’s parents.

"All of these rumors about us killing our son, needs to quit. And I'm tired of hearing them. I want to mourn about my son without all the rumors," says Julia.

“It's like going through hell over and over and over again," says Chris.

Chris says the rumors started because of an erroneous news report that said their two young sons tested positive for pot.

"Everything of it. All of it was wrong," says Chris.

Others, then, joined in with ugly comments on Facebook.

"That we had a meth lab in there…That we were locking him in a closet, when there isn't even a door on there," says Chris about the hurtful gossip.

Now, they’re threatening legal action for slander.

"I lost pretty much my world. I don't even know where I'm at," says an emotional Chris.

They lost their son, lost temporary custody of two other children during the investigation, and Chris lost his job as a plumber.

Now, they want to find some peace.

"We're getting death threats," says Chris.

And they hope to forget the hate.

"Who knows, someday karma will get them. They could end up being like us," says Chris, about the people lashing out at them.

Fire investigators hope to release the cause of the fire next week.

Police would not confirm if they're investigating the parents for any criminal charges.

Levi’s private funeral is at 2 p.m. Saturday at New Beginnings Outreach Church in Sterling.


  • Robert Gift

    So sorry for the parents.
    There ain’t no such thing as karma.

    The trace of pot in blood issue is trivial.
    What IS important is letting your son die in/from a fire when we have smoke alarms.

    Smoke alarms cost a lot less than some marijuana.

  • U.s. Hemp

    May this family find peace. No one knows for sure what has happened yet many chime in with their “opinion” Pathetic. The lack of humanity and education in this area is scary.

  • Robert Gift

    ^ USHemp.
    What actually is “pathetic” is allowing their little boy to needlessly die in a fire.
    Anger at such is caring – not a “lack of humanity”.

    Smoke alarms are cheap and very effective.
    How much is an ounce of marijuana?

  • Jennifer

    having accusations against you saying you are a neglectful parent isn’t the best feeling in the world I know but I make sure my boys are taken care of and they have everything they need before myself let these parents grieve they lost there little boy everything happens for a reason even if people are saying they did anything or not may your little boy rest in peace

  • Jessamyne

    Sad for the lil boy…but the parents could have at least made themselves more presentable for the on camera interview. They looked like trailer trash!

  • Jinx Finch

    Make themselves more presentable for the on camera interview? They look like trailer trash? Seriously what is wrong with you? No heart? No logic? No compassion? Is it possible they escaped the fire with just the clothes on their backs? I’m sure that they are grieving and the last thing they are worried about is how they look during an interview. Susan Smith always looked nice in on camera interviews when her sons were “missing,” and the end of that saga is well known now. People make errors in judgment all the time and sometimes those errors end tragically. As for the mess in the home, fire tends to make a mess and after the fire department has attacked the fire with their high pressure water hoses, more mess is made. As for statements like “smoke alarms cost less than marijuana,” was marijuana the cause of the fire? Compassion is free, by the way, and tragedy happens all too frequently. A smoke alarm may not have guaranteed that everyone in the family would have escaped the house. My prayers are with the family.

  • Robert Gift

    “A smoke alarm may not have guaranteed that everyone in the family would have escaped the house.”

    A working smoke alarm VERY LIKELY WOULD HAVE enabled everyone to escape by early detection of the fire.
    In fires, we often sleep in smoke and then are poisoned in unconsciousness.
    Smoke alarms often detect fires so early that they can be extinguished before they can grow.

    The child would likely be alive today had they had a working smoke alarm.
    This tragedy illustrates how important smoke alarms can be.

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