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Woman pleads guilty to 5-year-old's overdose death Thursday

Stephanie Alvarado was arrested in late January and was initially charged in Garfield County after her daughter died of meth intoxication.

GARFIELD COUNTY, Colo. — A woman entered a guilty plea Thursday morning to charges in her daughter's death after the 5-year-old died of methamphetamine intoxication from drinking water mixed with the drug.

Authorities said Stephanie Alvarado was arrested in late January and was charged in Garfield County with suspicion of child abuse resulting in death, possession of a controlled substance and reckless endangerment in the death of Sophia Larson. 

Alvarado pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, a class two felony, and faces 16-48 years in prison for the murder charge, as well as a 5-year probation and a potential fine of $5 million.

Alvarado also pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal trespassing, a class five felony, which carries a penalty of up to three years in prison.

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Sentencing for Alvarado is scheduled to happen on Jan. 29 at 9 a.m.

Two additional suspects were also previously arrested in connection to the child's death.

Daniel Bello Alvarado, 27, has been charged with the following:

  • Child abuse (knowingly or recklessly causing death)
  • Unlawful possession of a controlled substance 
  • Reckless endangerment
Credit: Garfield County Sheriff's Office
Daniel Alvarado

Bertha Karina Ceballos-Romo, 26, has been charged with the following:

  • Child abuse (knowingly or recklessly causing death)
  • Unlawful possession of a controlled substance 
  • Reckless endangerment
  • Tampering with physical evidence
Credit: Garfield County Sheriff's Office
Bertha Ceballos-Romo

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