EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. - The mother who left her 3-year-old in a drainage ditch near Interstate 25 has pleaded guilty to felony child abuse.
28-year-old Nyesha Hall-Gonzalez entered the plea to avoid conviction of attempted first degree murder. There is no sentencing guideline for the felony child abuse charge so a court will decide her fate. Sentencing is set for December 14, 2012.
A K-9 named Axel discovered the cold and scared little boy in a drainage ditch covered by about five feet of tumbleweeds in January. Spokesperson Lt. Lari Sevene said the child was near railroad tracks about 200 yards from I-25 in the Rancho Colorado area.
"Based on where he was found, the fact there was brush around him and over top of him, the likelihood of a human finding him with relative ease, especially in that short of time, is next to nothing," said Sevene.
According to arrest records, Hall-Gonzalez was going through a divorce and told a friend she wanted to kill herself and her toddler.
The boy, Carmelo, was found after a few hours and recovered in the hospital.