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Mother pleads guilty to child neglect resulting in death

Posted at 11:54 AM, Sep 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-20 13:54:36-04

COLORADO SPRINGS – A mother now faces a prison sentence ranging from 8 to 32 years for essentially starving her 6-week-old son to death.

23-year-old Donica Mirabal pleaded guilty on Wednesday to child abuse-neglect causing death.

Donica Sheelah Mirabal
Donica Sheelah Mirabal faces a maximum sentence of 32 years for the death of her infant son.

Baby Zayden Ostrander died in February 2017. Detectives who interviewed the couple reported the child was neglected since birth and only fed “gummy snacks.”

Mirabal and the child’s father, John Ostrander, were both arrested in the weeks after the child’s death.

Sentencing for the mother is scheduled for late November. John Ostrander is already serving a 32-year sentence for child abuse-neglect causing death.

John Ostrander
John Ostrander is serving a 32-year sentence for the death of his infant son.