Teachers and family members
did all they could to help Gabriel, once again, we see, that reporting
abuse to the people paid to protect them, does no good. A week
before he died, members of Gabriel's paternal side of the family had
called Child Protective Services to say that he was being abused,
teachers had already called and an investigation had taken place in
January when Social Workers visited this home. Elizabeth Trujillo,
Gabriel's paternal grandmother had called to make a complaint.
For whatever reason, he was left there and on Valentines day, he was
finally taken from the home, only not in a good way. A picture shows a
very thin little boy with a broken arm and no smile on
Gabriel was found, naked and unresponsive in the home
of his grandmother and died after being removed from life support a few
days later. In March of 2012, another woman living in the home of Doris
was arrested. Lana Roberts, a 48 year old woman, turned herself in and
was charged with one count of child abuse, resulting in death. The
charges against Lana would eventually be dropped.
Doris Trujillo had been awarded custody of her two granddaughters, age
ten and 13 in March of 2011 and she was taking care of Gabriel as well.
In court, a jury acquitted Doris Trujillo, who was the 60 year old
grandmother of Gabriel, of murder charges. Doris WAS
found guilty of criminally
negligent child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury.
said that Gabriel had died of a subdural hematoma, a brain bleed, which
was caused by a fall a few months before his death. It was reported
his body was bruised because the hematoma had made him very clumsy and
he would fall a lot. Becky told the Judge that she would never hurt her
"Please don't send me
to prison. I don't deserve that. I'm a good person. I didn't hurt him.
I love my
If I could do it over, I would get 100 Doctors"
Gabriel's older sisters asked the Judge to send her to prison:
'The things that she
has done has made me very sad. It hurts. I wish she could stay in jail"
- 14 years old
Christine Trujillo had testified about what she had seen her mother do
to her son while she had legal custody of him and she wanted justice
"I just want her to
pay, to feel the pain my son felt"
The jury had not been able to prove that anything Becky had done to
Gabriel had caused his death and the Judge said that even so, the
charges that she faced were not due to any mistakes:
"Children the age of
Gabriel are completely helpless. As a result, we as caretakers of
years bear the highest responsibility. This child received numerous
bruises. They all occurred
he was under your care, when you were supposed to be protecting him and
Thomas Richard Ensor
Prosecutors said throughout the trail that Becky's story kept changing
and never fully explained the full extent of the injuries Gabriel had
suffered. When Police first responded to her home, she told them that
Gabriel had fallen off of a chair, Police noticed that there was carpet
under the chair. At the hospital, part of Gabriel's skull had to be cut
away and removed in order for Doctors to relieve the pressure on his
brain, he was hypothermic and badly bruised up.
Christine was happy that her mother got the maximum sentence, but as
losing her son, she lost some family because they believed that Doris
occurred in the state of Colorado