Grand Lake " Woman suspected in death of 3-year-old given second continuance
July 15, 2008
A Grand Lake woman accused in the death of the 3-year-old foster child in her care appeared in District Court at Hot Sulphur Springs last week.
Standing before Judge Mary Hoak of the 14th Judicial District Court on Friday, July 11, Public Defender Trevor McFee was granted another continuance in the case of Michelle Baber, who was present in the courtroom wearing her orange jumpsuit from Grand County Jail. She has been incarcerated at the jail since her arrest in late January.
McFee’s request for a continuance is to allow more time for further medical tests for Baber. He explained that additional time was needed because “tentative arrangements had been made with the Denver Health Medical Center and Denver Imaging.”
With the concurrence of Chief Deputy District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham, Judge Hoak granted the continuance.
This was the second request for continuance by Baber’s defense. The first was granted by Judge Hoak on June 5 in the defendant’s first appearance in district court after her case was bound over from the Grand County Court on April 28.
Baber is charged with “Child Abuse Causing Death,” a Class 2 felony. She is accused in the death of Daisai Derzon who died as the result of head injuries last winter.
Derzon’s death followed an incident on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the Baber residence, which was 3-year-old’s foster home. 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 Jan. 15 press release announcing Derzon’s death, the Grand County Sheriff’s Office stated she had suffered “closed head injuries” at her foster 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.
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. On Monday, Jan. 28, the arrest warrant was executed by the Grand County Sheriff’s Office who took Baber to the Grand County Jail.