The tragedy began on June 27, 2009, when six-month-old Ci'Area Taylor-Witherspoon was transported to a hospital. Her father, Gregory, told police he'd left Ci'Area in the bathtub with her two-year-old brother, and when he returned, she was underwater.
The child never regained consciousness, but she lingered into 2010. According to the Aurora Sentinel, Witherspoon was jailed in February for child abuse causing serious bodily injury. Then, on March 18, Ci'Area finally died -- and now charges against her father have been boosted accordingly to child abuse resulting in death. Get more details from the Aurora Police Department release below:
Child Abuse Resulting in Death
On June 27, 2009, at approximately 9:00 p.m., Aurora Police officers responded to 1035 South Elkhart Way on a report of a drowning. Six-month-old Ci'Area Taylor-Witherspoon was transported to a local hospital. Ci'Area never regained consciousness, and she passed away on March 18, 2010.
The father of the infant, 27- year-old Gregory Scott Witherspoon told officers that he had left the infant in the bathtub with her 2-year-old brother. Mr. Witherspoon left the children unattended. When he returned he found the infant had slid out of her bath seat and into the tub water. The mother, Claudia Taylor was not at home at the time of the incident.
Gregory Witherspoon has been charged with Child Abuse Resulting in Death, a class 3 felony. He is currently being held in the Arapahoe County Jail.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Det. Susan Wynn at 303.739.6208.