Case against mother in son’s death to proceed |

Case against mother in son’s death to proceed

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – A Colorado woman accused of smothering her infant son she says she believes was autistic is facing a trial.

A judge said Wednesday that there’s enough evidence for the case against 34-year-old Stephanie Rochester of Superior to go forward. Rochester is charged with first-degree murder in the June 1 death of her 6-month-old son, Rylan.

Police say Rochester said she smothered her son because she believed he was autistic and didn’t think she and her husband could handle a disabled child.

The Daily Camera reports that Rochester’s attorney suggested during Wednesday’s preliminary hearing that the cause of death was ruled asphyxiation instead of something else because of Rochester’s statements.

Rochester is due to enter a plea Nov. 5.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

The Sky-Hi News strives to deliver powerful stories that spark emotion and focus on the place we live.

Over the past year, contributions from readers like you helped to fund some of our most important reporting, including coverage of the East Troublesome Fire.

If you value local journalism, consider making a contribution to our newsroom in support of the work we do.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User