FORT COLLINS, Colo. – A woman believed to have been on drugs is accused of falling asleep with her 3-month-old son, then waking up 18 hours later to find the infant dead.
Mandi Woodall, 28, faces a felony charge of child abuse, knowingly or recklessly causing death, and two misdemeanor counts of knowing or reckless child abuse.
According to Fort Collins police, officers were called to Woodall’s home on Garfield Street just before 6 p.m. on May 23 on reports of a dead child.
Woodall originally told officers she’d taken a two-hour nap with her infant son, but woke up and found him unresponsive.
But police say they determined after further investigation she’d been asleep for nearly 18 hours.
Two other children were at the home at the time and had been left unattended the entire time Woodall was sleeping, police said, adding they both showed “signs of neglect” but were uninjured.
“Drugs are believed to have been a factor in this case,” the police department said.
Police arrested Woodall on Thursday; she was booked into the Larimer County jail.
People with information on the case are asked to call Detective Jaclyn Shaklee at 970-416-2771 or Larimer County Crime Stoppers at 970-221-6868.