Colorado Mother & Boyfriend Arrested For Foster Baby’s Child Abuse Death, Police Say
Sheriff calls couple’s alleged treatment of 15-month-old Aiden Seeley a “heinous, senseless crime.”
A Colorado foster mother and her boyfriend are under arrest after a 15-month-old child died while in their care.
According to a Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office news release, Ramondo Jones, 36, and 31-year-old Dacey Spinuzzi are under investigation for the child abuse death of Aiden Seeley in mid-September.
The toddler was placed in Spinuzzi’s home on July 23, where he lived with three other foster children as well as Spinuzzi’s biological child with Jones, law enforcement noted.
On Sept. 16, deputies responded to a report of an unresponsive child at Spinuzzi and Jones’ Pueblo West home. The toddler was rushed to an area hospital before being flown to a medical facility in Colorado Springs, where he passed away two days later.
An autopsy showed Aiden “died from injuries sustained from child abuse” that had “occurred while Aiden was in Spinuzzi’s care,” the sheriff’s office said in the statement.
Prosecutors alleged at a recent hearing for Spinuzzi that the baby had suffered extensive bruising all over his body, brain bleeding and spine damage, Colorado Springs’ KKTV reported.
Spinuzzi was arrested on a warrant for child abuse resulting in death while Jones, who was already incarcerated at the Pueblo County Jail on an unrelated charge, is accused of first-degree murder of a victim under 12 by one in a position of trust, according to jail records.
A judge has set Spinuzzi’s bail at $500,000.
Spinuzzi and Jones’ biological child is currently living with family, and authorities have taken the three foster children into protective custody.
“This is an unthinkable tragedy that no child should have to ever endure,” said Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor. “The arrests that were made in this heinous, senseless crime are a result of the relentless work by our detectives. I thank them for their meticulous and diligent work in ensuring that those responsible are brought to justice.”