Yesterday a Greeley woman was sentenced in the 2015 death of her infant son. 30-year-old Angelica Chavez will serve 8 years in the Department of Corrections, following by five years of parole, for her role in the 2015 death of her 4-month-old son, Donovan Archuleta.

Last month, she was convicted of child abuse resulting in death. Prosecutors say Chavez left her son with his father and paternal grandmother and when she returned, Donovan had chemical burns on his face, broken ribs and a collection of scabs. Despite the injuries, prosecutors say she waited 7 hours to call for emergency help.

At last month’s trial, Chief Deputy D.A. Benjamin Whitney argued that although Chavez didn’t inflict the injuries to 4-month-old Donovan Archuleta, her inaction helped lead to his death. According to the affidavit, Chavez dropped Donovan off at the home of Nathan Archuleta, the boy’s father, and Sandy Archuleta, Nathan’s mother, in late July 2015. Over the course of the next six days, Donovan developed chemical burns to his face, mouth, and gums, a sepsis infection from pneumonia and red bruises caused by pinching from tweezers.

Medical records also show he had broken ribs, which examiners said were not caused by CPR. Police reports show that seven hours passed before Chavez called an ambulance after returning to the home. Donovan died early the next morning at the Children’s Hospital in Denver.

“Donovan died because his mother failed him,” Whitney argued. “The defendant was only one of three people in the entire world who could have saved him, and she chose to do nothing until it was too late. This innocent, helpless child lost his life, in part, because of her inactions and for doing nothing as a mother.”


Sandy Archuleta pleaded not guilty following today’s sentencing.
Her six-day trial begins September 25.

Weld County D.A.

Nathan Archuleta returns to court May 3 at 1:30 p.m. for an arraignment.

Weld D.A.



Source: Weld County D.A.'s Office