Grand Lake woman to be tried in District Court in death of 3-year-old |

Grand Lake woman to be tried in District Court in death of 3-year-old

The case of a Grand Lake woman accused in the death of the 3-year-old foster child in her care is now in the district court.

In a recent hearing before Judge Ben McClelland of the Grand County Court, the evidence against Michele Baber was found to be sufficient to have the case bound over to the 14th Judicial District Court. Baber was ordered to make her first appearance before District Judge Mary Hoak on Thursday, June 5.

Baber is charged with “Child Abuse Causing Death,” a Class 2 felony. She is accused of that offense in the death of Daisai Derzon, who died as the result of head injuries last winter.

The incident that resulted in Derzon’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 9-1-1 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 Baber residence, which was Derzon’s foster home. The 3-year-old 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 Grand County Sheriff’s deputies, who took Baber to the Grand County Jail, where she has remained incarcerated since.

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