Jan 29, 2010 10:01 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Man charged for leaving baby alone so he could go drinking

Prosecutors have charged a Jefferson County man with fatal child abuse after authorities alleged he left his five-month-old alone for hours at home so he could go drinking.

Authorities say 23-year-old Joseph Trujillo spent as many as eight hours drinking at local bars last week before returning to his son at their Golden apartment.

Authorities say the baby's grandmother, who also lived at the apartment, called police after waking up and hearing Trujillo crying while he held his son. Authorities have not released details of the baby's death but say Trujillo put the baby in a situation that threatened his life.

Trujillo was arrested last week and the criminal charge was filed Thursday. Trujillo faces up to 48 years in prison if convicted.

He is being held on $50,000 bail.


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