Family Says Child’s Death Could Have Been Prevented

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (CBS4) – A woman from Commerce City is in jail, accused of killing her 4-year-old grandson.

There has been a pattern of calls to Becky Trujillo’s home. Those previous reports of abuse have the Commerce City Police Department reviewing how the calls were handled.

Police were called to the home Tuesday. Becky Trujillo told them Gabriel Trujillo fell off a chair and hit his head. He died from his injuries on Friday.

Records from the Commerce City Police Department show an officer has been called out to the home several times in the past few months for child welfare checks. Now Gabriel Trujillo’s family is saying his death could have been prevented.

Relative Elizabeth Trujillo took the news hard.

“I thought there was a little bit more hope for him to come out of it,” she said.

Police arrested Becky Trujillo on suspicion of child abuse.

“He was basically brain dead. There was nothing they could do anymore for him,” Elizabeth Trujillo said.

becky trujillo Family Says Childs Death Could Have Been Prevented

Becky Trujillo (credit: Adams Co. Sheriff)

Police have been called to Becky Trujillo’s house three previous times. Friends and family were worried about the welfare of her grandchildren. Police records show Elizabeth Trujillo called police just last week to report bruising she noticed on Gabriel.

“The officer was like, ‘Well, we went out there yesterday and there was nothing wrong with him.’ And I said, ‘Really, I’ve seen pictures of him. He has bruises all over his body,’ ” Elizabeth Trujillo said.

Commerce City police say they’re investigating how those calls were handled, but believe their officers did everything in their power.

“He was a poor, innocent little boy. He didn’t even get a chance and I blame it on the Commerce City Police Department,” Elizabeth Trujillo said.

Meanwhile, Becky Trujillo’s daughter, Gabriel’s aunt, is standing by her mother’s side.

“They’re wrong accusations because my mother would never, ever hurt her grandkids,” she said.

Police add that when they were called out Social Services were conducting their own investigation. They say they’re hoping to release more information on their responses to the home next week.

  • Linda

    The family is at fault, if they knew the boy had bruises and did nothing, they are as much to blame as the grand-mother. Why didn’t another family member take the children, just makes no sense for a child to be abused and/or killed.

  • Robert Gift

    Relatives – why did none of *YOU* do anything to prevent Gabriel’s death?
    *YOU* could know better than anyone.

  • M

    Families can’t just take children, even if they are being abused. If the grandmother had legal custody, there would have been nothing anyone could do except call the police or CPS on her.

  • Alicia

    Surprise, the “family” not accepting responsibility for their part in this very sad death. Shame on all of them.

  • CH

    The fact the family tried in no way to protect him (by either getting custody or getting the boy out of the home) says it all. Obviously, this grandmother likely did not even want to have to take care of her daughter’s child. She probably would have been happy to have him out of her care.

  • Ted

    I have a feeling that this statement from the family is motivated by dollar signs. Just watch for the lawsuit.

  • Toni

    I see from these comments that many of you have NEVER had to try to work with social services. I have 10 years experience as a foster and adoptive parent. If you believe for ONE minute that the rest of the family is to blame than you are truly ignorant of how the system works. Family DID call and report concerns. Without legal custody, their hands are TIED until the state steps in. Once the state has taken custody of the child, THEN family members can “apply” as a kinship foster care placement. They may or may not be selected by the social worker to care for the child. If you are ignorant of how DCFS works, please refrain from spewing poisonous words. The real question is WHY didn’t anybody take the allegations seriously?

  • Shawna

    THANK YOU TONI!! You just said exactly what I was thinking. We are only 5 year foster and foster adopt and we also know there is NOTHING to be done until you can get DCFS to do something. I feel bad for this family being slandered when they are already grieving. If you read the article you will know that they reported abused REPEATEDLY. Also if you look at the death in Sterling, the aunt of that child DID go take the child and DCFS came and took the child and gave him back to the mother, who then killed him. It is heartbreaking to be a family memeber (or even a concerned citizen) when your hands are truely tied.

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