GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4)– Jefferson County’s District Attorney says it’s “emotionally charged” when describing the case of a toddler who was allegedly killed at the hands of a family member.
On Tuesday, Roman Morales appeared in Jefferson County Court where he was formally advised of the three charges filed against him that include first-degree murder after deliberation and child abuse causing death.
Morales, 21, is the cousin of the toddler he is suspected of killing.
Donny Ro’mello Romero was pronounced dead at a hospital Sept. 21. He was found inside a container with a cord around his neck in his Lakewood apartment. Donny was just one week away from his third birthday.
“This is an emotionally-charged case as you can imagine. Any time you have a case involving death of a young child it’s extraordinarily anxiety producing and just a tragedy. Those circumstances certainly apply in this case,” said Jefferson County District Attorney Pete Weir. “These are the types of cases that really rock a community.”
The details in the case remain sealed.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family pay for the baby’s burial. The family spoke of a funeral service being planned for Saturday.