Police Blotter | Woman arrested in baby’s death



Woman arrested in baby’s death

On Tuesday, June 1, a sixmonth-old baby died at Avista Hospital after the baby was brought to the hospital by the parents.

Investigators were told the parents found the infant unresponsive in his crib. Attempts were made to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead shortly after their arrival at the hospital.

That afternoon, at about 6 p.m., the mother was arrested in the death of the infant.

Police say the death of the infant was intentional and that the mother, Stephanie Rochester, 34, of Superior, has been arrested pursuant to an arrest warrant. The charges on the arrest warrant are for firstdegree murder and one count of child abuse resulting in death. As of press time, she was being held at the Boulder County Jail pending the posting of bond, which has been set at $750,000.

Home Depot runaways

On Thursday, May 27, Boulder police responded to a theft in progress at Home Depot on the Twenty Ninth Street Mall. Staff witnessed three men pushing a shopping cart with four plastic spools of copper wire, valued at $1,046.99, attempting to leave the store without paying for the wire.

All three suspects fled the scene, one of them on foot, when the police arrived. Officers were able to apprehend and arrest an 18-yearold male. He was charged with theft and resisting arrest. The other suspects are still at large.

Employees said they had been alerted to wire spool thefts from other Home Depots in the area.

Dead man walking

A 45-year-old man was arrested after personnel at Boulder Community Hospital told Boulder police that he was using the security number of a deceased person, in an apparent attempt to obtain pain medications on Thursday, May 27.

Employees said the suspect had been admitted to the hospital earlier in the month, and he acknowledged he had committed the same act at other hospitals in the Denver metro area. He was charged with criminal attempted theft over $20,000, identity theft, fraud and deceit, and dissemination of false information to obtain hospital admission and care.

Man takes anger out on vehicle

Boulder police were dispatched to the 2300 block of Pearl Street on a report of a man damaging a black vehicle on Thursday, May 27. Upon arrival, police observed an intoxicated man forcefully opening the front driver’s-side door of a Subaru Forester into a large pole.

The suspect ran southbound on 24th Street and fell down, and officers were able to arrest him. The suspect caused a significant amount of damage to the vehicle, damage valued at approximately $5,000. The 20-year-old man was charged with first-degree criminal trespass, criminal mischief, obstruction, resisting arrest and minor in possession of alcohol.

So much for that job

On Wednesday, May 26, a 25-year-old man was cited with careless driving after he struck a pedestrian as she was getting in her vehicle near 26th Street and Walnut Street. The man was looking down at an employment application in his car when he struck the rear bumper of the victim’s vehicle and then the victim. The female rolled onto the hood of his vehicle and then onto the ground. She suffered a head injury was transported to Boulder Community Hospital.

Slippery slope hiking

On Sunday, May 30, at approximately 1:25 p.m., authorities were dispatched to the Mallory Cave trail on the report of a hiker who had slipped and gotten injured.

A 61-year-old Longmont woman had fallen and injured her right ankle while walking on the trail with a friend.

She was evacuated by members of Rocky Mountain Rescue Group and transported to Boulder Community Hospital for treatment.

Other responding agencies included the Boulder police, Pridemark Ambulance and the Open Space Mountain Rangers.

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