DA: Baby Dies In Closet, Face Muffled By Blanket

Friend Faces First-Degree Murder Charge; Mother Faces Accessory Charge

The girlfriend of a mother whose baby was found dead in a closet last week has been charged with first-degree murder and child abuse in connection with the baby's death.

The baby's mother was charged Thursday with accessory to first-degree murder and accessory to child abuse resulting in death.

Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey said Frances Garcia, 23, faces a first-degree murder charge and Amanda Lujan, 24, faces the accessory charge.

Ten-month-old Adam Gonzales was found dead in his home at 849 Tennyson St., on the morning of Aug. 5.

Prosecutors accuse Garcia of wrapping Gonzales tightly in a blanket, placing him in a closet with a propped-up bottle and then covering his face with a blanket to muffle his crying during the night.

Lujan is accused of lying to police about what happened in an attempt to hinder the investigation into her son's death.

Garcia is being held without bond in the Denver County Jail.

Lujan was released on a $5,000 bond.

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