In Denver, Elijah Archuleta, 2-year-old, has died from injuries sustained during child abuse that occurred at 925 S. Osage. Denver police were notified by healthcare providers from Saint Anthony Central Hospital shortly after the child was pronounced dead after arrival. Elijah’s mother, Isela Reyes-Talamantes and her boyfriend, John Vigil are in custody. The investigation continues and autopsy results are pending.
Researchers have identified abusive parents or caregivers as having risk factors such as substance abuse, low self-esteem, mental or physical disability, depression, history of abuse as a child, poor coping skills, poor impulse control, history of violent behavior or history of being raised in a group setting with no positive parental role. All children are potential victims of child abuse, but some factors increase the risk for a child to be abused.