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Joseph Trujillo, Mile High Murder No. 71: Man booked on first-degree murder charge after infant dies while he was out drinking

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Stories of alleged neglect don't get much more horrific than the one related by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office in regard to Joseph Trujillo, 23.

Shortly after midnight, according to the JCSO, Trujillo's mother heard crying, which makes sense given that she lives with her son and his five-month-old child. Problem is, it was the adult who was making the noise. The baby was unresponsive -- and Trujillo subsequently told officers that he left the infant "alone in the apartment for between six and seven hours while he went to a local bar and drank." He was subsequently booked on investigation of first-degree murder.

Take a deep breath, and then read the rest of the JCSO release below:

Five-month-old baby dies while left all alone

Father charged with first degree murder

Jefferson County, CO -- On January 21, 2010, at about 12:30 a.m., Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies and medical personnel responded to the16000 block of W. 10th Ave. in reference to an unresponsive five-month-old baby boy.

The baby's grandmother called 911 after waking up to the sounds of her son, Joseph Trujillo (dob 04-07-86), crying. She found Trujillo holding the unresponsive baby who was subsequently declared dead at the scene by medical personnel. Trujillo is the baby's father, and they share an apartment with the grandmother.

A team of Jefferson County investigators worked diligently through the night interviewing Trujillo, the grandmother, and numerous other witnesses. Through their work it was discovered that Trujillo had left the baby alone in the apartment for between six and seven hours while he went to a local bar and drank.

Trujillo was booked into the Jefferson County Jail where he is being held without bond on the charge of first degree murder.

An autopsy of the baby is pending to determine cause and manner of death.

Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office tip line at 303-271-5612.

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