Frances Garcia allegedly used blanket to quiet crying baby Adam Gonzales -- permanently (13)
Update: In our earlier coverage about the death of ten-month-old Adam Gonzales, we noted that plenty of mysteries remained.
Now, we're getting more information about Frances Garcia, who allegedly responded to the baby's crying in a way that adds up to murder, and Amanda Lujan, who faces accessory beefs.
According to Denver District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough, the arrest affidavits pertaining to Garcia and Lujan have been sealed. All the office will reveal at this point is that Garcia is accused of wrapping Gonzales in a blanket, placing him in a closet, propping up a bottle and then covering his face with, presumably, a second blanket in order to muffle his sobs. He was found dead on the morning of Friday, August 5.
As for Lujan, she's said to have lied to police about what happened.
Lujan, charged with accessory to first-degree murder and accessory to child abuse resulting in death, is free after posting a bond. But Garcia, who faces first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death counts, remains in custody. The pair will next be in court on August 19.
Look below to see the booking photos of Lujan and Garcia, followed by our previous coverage.
Original item, 11:44 a.m. August 8: Denver Police Department spokesman Sonny Jackson says "two females were arrested" in the Friday death of ten-month-old Adam Gonzales at a home on the 800 block of Tennyson -- and indeed, Frances Garcia has been charged with murder and child abuse, while Amanda Lujan is looking at an accessory to murder count. But at this writing, plenty of mysteries remain.
The Denver coroner's office has completed an autopsy of Adam, but the cause of death remains pending -- meaning presumably, that more testing will be needed in order to pin it down. Nonetheless, police reportedly found evidence of child abuse that Jackson can't share at this writing.
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