9-month-old’s death resulted from blunt force injuries, Denver medical examiner says

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Anthony Rosales holds his daughter Gianna for the last time at Denver Health.

DENVER (KDVR) — The autopsy report for 9-month-old Gianna Rosales who died in Aug. of 2020, has been released by the Denver medical examiner.

The report showed that Rosales died as a result of blunt force injuries of the head. The autopsy also revealed abrasions and contusions to the head, face, and extremities, a scalp contusion with underlying hemorrhages, as well as other acute hemorrhages.

A Wheat Ridge police report showed police questioned both parents at the time of the infant’s death, as well as contacting the Department of Human Services to conduct its own investigation.

Police were called multiple times regarding Rosales in the months before the 9-month-old’s death. Lakewood police also conducted welfare checks at the mother’s home back in July of 2020.

Rosales was brought to Denver Health Medical Center on Aug. 3. after she was said to have coughed up blood and was found unresponsive. She died on Aug. 4.

FOX31 went through the results with Gianna’s father Anthony Rosales. 

“I want someone to be locked up for this because in the end it’s unnatural, that tells you what it needs to tell you, unnatural,” Rosales said. “I want justice for my daughter because nothing’s happening, and nothing’s been happening.”

With the information available to the examiners at this time, the manner of death, in their opinion, is best classified as undetermined.

“It kind of confuses my mind as undetermined, what does that mean as my daughter’s death is now questionable,” Rosales said. “Something happened to my daughter and they know it, we know it, everyone knows it, something happened to my daughter.”

Problem Solvers asked FOX31 legal analyst Chris Decker if this undetermined classification could have an impact on a potential homicide case.

“I have seen many cases filed where they don’t know precisely what happened, but they knew who the child was in custody of and who was taking care of the child at the time the injuries were sustained,” Decker said. 

Denver Police provided FOX31 with the following statement in response to these results:

“Since Baby Gianna’s death on August 4, 2020, investigators from the Homicide Unit have been vigorously investigating this case to determine how she sustained the trauma that was documented in the Medical Examiner’s report. This has included numerous interviews, search warrants and significant investigative work. Investigators are using all available resources and techniques to further this investigation to determine the source of the trauma. While the information available for release is limited due to the on-going investigation, detectives regularly speak with Mr. Rosales to provide updates on the status of the case. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers.”

No arrest has been made at this time and remains under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-7867.

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