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Colorado Springs mother sentenced to 30 years for death of newborn

Posted at 7:38 AM, Dec 12, 2018

COLORADO SPRINGS – A mother convicted of child abuse and neglect that caused the death of her newborn son will now spend up to 30 years in prison.

Donica Mirabal and the child’s father, John Ostrander, essentially starved their 6-week old son to death, according prosecutors.

Donica Sheelah Mirabal
Donica Sheelah Mirabal

Baby Zayden Ostrander died in February 2017. Detectives who interviewed the couple reported the child was neglected since birth and only fed “gummy snacks.”  The parents were arrested in the weeks after the child’s death.

John Ostrander is already serving a 32-year sentence for child abuse-neglect causing death.