Colorado Springs woman pleads guilty to starving infant to death


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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A 23-year-old Colorado woman has pleaded guilty to felony child abuse after her 6-week-old son starved to death.

Donica Mirabal of Colorado Springs entered her plea Wednesday and faces eight to 32 years in prison when she is sentenced on Nov. 30.

Zayden Ostrander was found dead on Feb. 28, 2017. The coroner found the baby had no fat in his body.

KRDO-TV reports Mirabal’s mother told investigators she called the Department of Human Services. A caseworker reported that five days before Zayden’s death he appeared to be “alert” and “had good color” in his face.

The boy’s father, John Ostrander, is serving a 32-year prison term after pleading guilty to child abuse resulting in death.

Both parents initially faced murder charges.

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