Belen women is arrested after foster child in her care dies
Jan. 03, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Valencia County Sheriff's officials say a Belen woman has been arrested after an 11-month-old foster child allegedly died while in her care.
They say 55-year-old Stephanie Crownover is being held on a no-bond hold on suspicion of child abuse resulting in death.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that in an autopsy report, a pathologist determined Ariza Barreras could have had pneumonia but Crownover didn't take seek medical care for the child.
It was unclear Tuesday night if Crownover had a lawyer yet.
Sheriff's deputies went to Crownover's house on Sunday after she reported Barreras wasn't breathing. The girl was dead when deputies arrived.
Crownover reportedly told deputies that she was a respite caregiver for foster children through the Children Youth and Families Department.
Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com