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Nov 12, 2013 11:35 PM by Jennifer Horbelt

Death of 5-year-old sparks DHS review

EL PASO COUNTY, CO- In the wake of the death of a 5-year-old Colorado Springs boy, allegedly at the hands of his own mother, News 5 is asking questions of officials with the Colorado Department of Human Services.

Shannon Dodson, 42-years-old, is being held without bond for the drowning death of her 5-year-old son, Jude Murray-Gomez. She's facing a charge first degree murder. Jude's lifeless body was found Friday in Dodson's burning bedroom at the Hill Park Apartments, 4320 East Pikes Peak Avenue.

The family said Monday that Jude was the center of a difficult custody battle. They say Shannon Dodson had mental health problems and Jude's grandmother was seeking full custody. When they were unable to find the two at the end of Jude's visit with Shannon the weekend of November 1st, they contacted police, but say they were told nothing could be done because it was a "civil matter".

The Department of Human Services could only talk about these types of cases in general, but says it's procedure to look into these kinds of cases and perform a review of it's own.

So, what comes next?

"Under Colorado law, the Colorado Department of Human Services is required to conduct a review in cases of a fatality, near fatality, or egregious incident, that is believed to be the result of child abuse or neglect," Liz McDonough, a spokesperson with DHS, told News 5 on Tuesday.

McDonough goes on to stress, her office conducts a review, not a criminal investigation.

Shannon Dodson will make her first court appearance Wednesday, November 13.

To read more concerning Dodson's confession to police and the arrest affadavit, click here.

To read more concerning the family of Jude Murray-Gomez says this could have been prevented, click here.



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