DENVER (KDVR) – The mother of a 9-month-old who died from blunt force injuries has been arrested on investigation of child abuse resulting in death, court records show.
Jolene Beyer-LaCrue, 19, was booked on Thursday and is being held without bond at the downtown Denver Jail, records show.
An autopsy report for her 9-month-old daughter, Gianna Rosales, showed the child died from blunt force injuries to the head, also revealing other wounds on her head, face, extremities and scalp.
Rosales was taken to a hospital for her injuries on Aug. 3 and was pronounced dead the next day.
Police arrested Beyer-LaCrue’s boyfriend, 21-year-old Cain Gallardo, on a count of first-degree murder in the baby’s death on May 4.
On Friday, Leonard M. Chesler Law Firm, who is representing Beyer-LaCrue, issued this statement to FOX31:
Anytime the order of nature is reversed and a parent has to say goodbye to a child rather than the other way around, it is the utmost tragedy. Our client is the grieving mother of an infant child, who now finds herself charged with that child’s death.
When our client took her child to the hospital for emergency medical assistance, she was assaulted by the child’s father’s family members, in a case that is currently pending in the Denver County Court.
The child’s father has continued, by social media posts, to encourage harm and retaliation and has even gone to the extent of making it practically impossible for our client to visit her daughter’s gravesite, where he has photographed her and put her image, along with requests for retaliation against her and her family, into the Social Media mainstream.
It is so sad that this grieving mother cannot grieve in peace, and without threat, and now, without prosecution.
“I’m not going to lie, I feel a big relief with they everything that’s going on,” Gianna’s biological father Anthony said.
Anthony looks at his baby’s grave Friday after learning of her mother’s arrest. Friday morning, a judge granted her a $50,000 bond along with 90-days of enhanced supervision ahead of her next court appearance.
“The child abuse resulting in death, my feeling towards that is those are murder charges,” Anthony said. “I feel like those are murder charges so I feel they should exceed to the most substantial consequences.”
Anthony had been pointing the finger at Beyer-LaCrue and her boyfriend since his daughter’s passing. He said, despite his pleas for custody, they were the last people who had his daughter.
“I hate that I’m right because this is the worst pain I should be going through but it’s true now, so facing that fact is crazy,” Anthony said. “I waited this long; my daughter went through the pain. That goes with justice for my daughter.”