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Nov 10, 2013 9:12 PM by Zach Thaxton

CSPD: child dead amid apartment fire was drowned by mother

A 5-year-old found dead in a burning apartment last week was drowned by his mother, Colorado Springs police announced Sunday evening.  The child's mother has been arrested for first-degree murder.

Firefighters and police responded to a fire in a unit at the Hill Park Apartments at 4320 East Pikes Peak Avenue just after 9:00 Friday morning.  A 5-year-old died following the fire and a woman was hospitalized with injuries.  Sunday evening, police announced that an autopsy found the child, Jude Murray-Gomez, died as a result of drowning rather than from the fire and that the woman, the child's mother, Shannon Dodson, 42, had been arrested for first degree murder.  Dodson is being held without bond at the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center.

A cause for the fire has not been announced, however firefighters had said previously that it began on a mattress in the bedroom of the apartment.  Police say other charges may be forthcoming as the investigation continues.


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