NEWS: Wednesday December 15, 2010

Dec 15th @ 7:12 am in News by Scott Staley

Baby’s death wasn’t an accident. The death of a toddler that was pronounced dead at Delta County Memorial Hospital November 27th is being ruled a homicide. Two-year-old Jesse Dorsch sustained blunt-force trauma that led to a fatal internal hemorrhage. The Daily Press says authorities won’t say if they have a suspect in mind or any persons of interest in the case, and also won’t say who the child was last seen with. This is the second child homicide in the Delta area in the past two years.

Yesterday, Colorado was named one of the worst states for abuse and neglect deaths of children by the National Coalition to End Child Abuse Deaths (2.65 deaths for every 100,000 children-in Colorado). Colorado ranks 12th with Florida in the lead.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says the most frequent child-abuse fatalities are children four and younger. Case in point, these cases continue in the 7th Judicial District alone: 2008, Cady Beck (5-months-old, Delta) died of blunt-force head trauma. Her father Daven Beck, is charged with murder and has pleaded not guilty. His defense contends Cady suffered for cortical vein thrombosis. Beck is set for trial in February. April 2010, Christian Wentz (1-year-old, Somerset) died of blunt-force trauma that lacerated his liver. His father, Edward Geavanni Cox, is charged with murder and is due in court in Gunnison tomorrow. September 2010, Hailey Rocha (14-months-old, Montrose) died of blunt-force trauma. Her mother’s boyfriend (at the time), Daniel Ryan, is charged with first-degree murder and child abuse result in death. Ryan appears back in court February 2nd. Jesse Dorsch’s death makes the fourth homicide of a child under four.

Little Jesse’s case remains under investigation.
Source: Daily Press (Posted 5:49a)

Body is that of missing man. The body found below a bridge in Aspen is that of a ski operator who’s been missing since late last month. The Deputy Pitkin County Coroner has ruled George Aldrich’s death an accident, injuries consistent with a fall off the bridge, but a toxicology report is still pending. The 28-year-old’s body was found in a depression in the snow in an area that was previously searched. Aspen Police Chief Richard Pryor said he was also wearing clothes that camouflaged him, making it even difficult to see him from six feet away. Aldrich was last seen getting off of a bus, mildly intoxicated. How he ended 100 feet below a bridge remains under investigation.
Source: Aspen Daily News and KJCT contributed to this story    (Posted 5:57a)

Opening days delayed. While the rest of the country is freezing their bums off, Colorado winter sports need to keep pushing back their opening days. Powerhorn officials decided yesterday to postpone their opening day planned for Thursday due to lack of cold weather. The Ouray Ice Park is scheduled to open this week, but the story is the same, unless the winter storm on the horizon really does dump cold temperatures and snow on us. Both intend to open as soon as the weather allows it. Temperatures are expected to drop slightly today.
(Posted 6:01a)