(CBS4) – A woman from Rifle will spend 32 years in prison for the death of her 5-year-old daughter. Stephanie Alvarado was sentenced for the 2019 crime on Friday, according to the The Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction.
Sophia Larson died after she unknowingly drank water mixed with methamphetamine and overdosed. Alvarado waited more than 3 hours before calling 911 to get help, saying she was fearful of losing custody. Authorities said it’s unlikely she would have faced such a harsh sentence had she reported the overdose right away.READ MORE: Testing For COVID Ramping Up Again In Colorado
The Daily Sentinel reported that several relatives of the victim spoke at Friday’s sentencing hearing and described being shocked by Larson’s death.READ MORE: Vaccination Rate Keeps Colorado Hospitals Out of Jeopardy
“All family members connected to Sophia were clearly devastated by the loss of a child who made a memorable impression on everyone she met in her short life,” the DA’s office said in a news release.MORE NEWS: Gov. Jared Polis To Request Federal Disaster Declaration For I-70 Mudslide Damage Through Glenwood Canyon
Two other adults, Daniel Bello Alvarado and Karina Ceballos-Romo, who were allegedly there at the time of Larson’s death are also facing charges.