Family believes toddler’s death could have been prevented

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COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- A day after the death of a 4-year-old at Children's Hospital, his family says they only want to remember him as the fun-loving toddler they all knew.

"I can remember Gabriel running around, playing, and laughing," says a
close family friend Monica Rios.

Monica Rios says she was like an aunt to Gabriel Trujillo.

The boy's grandmother, 60-year-old Doris Becky Trujillo, remains in custody where she is expected to be charged with child abuse leading to Gabriel's death.

Police records obtained by FOX31 Denver show someone did reach out to police and social services before Gabriel’s death, even a call back on January 5 describing reports of bruising and a broken arm.

"It’s about all the children that are out there that are suffering and feel like there's nobody to turn to," says Rios.

Now as she and the family begin to setup funeral arrangements, they want answers about why after numerous calls for help, more wasn't done to check on the family.

"The system failed or Gabriel Trujillo would be here today had Commerce City Police done their job,” says Rios.

Child abuse prevention advocates say this case could help expose problems within the child welfare system, but Gabriel’s family says that will do little to bring their beloved four year old son, nephew, and grandson back.

Gabriel Trujillo’s family told FOX31 News that they have hired a lawyer to look into what more could have been done by authorities.

A memorial fund has been set up at Wells Fargo in Commerce City. Donations can be made to the Gabriel Trujillo fund.

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