In January, the 23-month-old daughter of Alonzo Montoya and Nicole Casias died of fentanyl poisoning. On Wednesday, an announcement was released that her parents were indicted by a Grand Jury on the charge of first-degree murder.
The toddler was found unresponsive and not breathing on Jan. 2 in her home in Brighton. First responders were unable to revive the child. Later the Adams County Coroner's Office issued a report stating the child's blood had 10 times the amount of fentanyl necessary to kill an adult.
According to a news release from the DA's office, Montoya and Casias allegedly participated in a drug-trafficking enterprise before, during and after their child's death.
The parents were originally charged with Child Abuse Resulting in Death and Distribution of a Controlled Substance by the 17th Judicial DA's Office in March. These cases were dismissed in light of a Grand Jury indictment, the news release states.
The Grand Jury examined and investigated evidence provided by the North Metro Drug Task Force, the Brighton Police Department and the DA's Office and returned an indictment on Sept. 8. The cases were filed by the DA's Office on Sept. 20.
The parents now face a new set of charges including:
- First-Degree Murder--Victim Under 12--Position of Trust (F1)
- COCCA--Pattern of Racketeering (F2)
- COCCA--Conspiracy (F2)
- Child Abuse Resulting in Death (F2)
- Child Abuse--Manufacture Controlled Substance (F3) (2 Counts)
- Child Abuse--Knowingly/Recklessly--
No Injury (M2)
Both defendants remain in custody in Adams County, the news release states.