Foster mother arrested in death of Grand Lake 3-year-old |

Foster mother arrested in death of Grand Lake 3-year-old

Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News

The death of a 3-year-old child earlier this month is suspected to be the result of child abuse, and the child’s foster mother from Grand Lake has been arrested.

In a press release Tuesday, Sheriff Rod Johnson announced that Michele Baber has been arrested in the death of her foster child Daisai Derzon. The child died apparently as a result of head injuries suffered at her Grand Lake foster home on Wednesday, Jan. 9.

An arrest warrant for Baber on the charge of felony child abuse was obtained by investigators from the 14th Judicial District on Saturday, Jan. 26.

At 12:35 p.m. Monday, the arrest warrant was executed by Sgt. Leo Piechocki of the Grand County Sheriff’s Office. Baber was taken into custody and transported to the Grand County Jail in Hot Sulphur Springs for booking. She is incarcerated there awaiting an appearance in court for the determination of bond amount.

The incident that led to the child’s death took place Wednesday, Jan. 9. The Sheriff’s Office reported that at 12:57 p.m. that day, its dispatch center received a 911 call reporting an “unresponsive 3-year-old child” at a residence in the Grand Lake area.

Emergency units from Grand County EMS and Grand Lake Fire Department as well as Sheriff’s deputies responded to the residence. The child was taken by ambulance to the Granby Medical Center for treatment and later transported to Children’s Hospital in Aurora, where she died Saturday morning, Jan. 12.

In a press release Monday, Jan.15 announcing the 3-year-old’s death, the Grand County Sheriff’s Office stated the child had suffered “closed head injuries” at her home. An autopsy was performed, but the results have not been released.

Investigators from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office as well as District Attorney’s Office and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation were involved in the case.

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