Grandmother arrested in 10-year-old grandson’s drowning death

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LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- A woman wanted in the death of her 10-year-old developmentally disabled grandson in May was arrested Wednesday night, the Wheat Ridge Police Department said.

Onesia Najera, 50, was sought on two charges of child abuse resulting in death after police were called to her apartment at 2650 Chase St. in Wheat Ridge on May 5 after receiving a 911 call that a "baby was at the bottom of a bathtub" and not breathing.

Wheat Ridge police said the bathtub was filled with water 2-3 inches from the top. An arrest affidavit said Najera told police the boy, Angel Goodwin, was "feeling stuffed up" so she prepared a bath and helped him into the tub.

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She went to get his pajamas and she told police when she returned, she found the boy sitting up in the bathtub with his head in the water.

Police zeroed in on Najera immediately, with Wheat Ridge police spokesman John Romero saying in May, “When a 10-year-old with multiple disabilities is found unresponsive, that is suspicious to us.”

An arrest warrant was issued last week and Najera was arrested at a motel at West Fifth Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard on Wednesday night, a Wheat Ridge police detective said Thursday morning.

She was booked into the Jefferson County Jail and is being held on a $200,000 bond.