Deputies charge 3 with child abuse |

Deputies charge 3 with child abuse

Pete FowlerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

PARACHUTE, Colo. Garfield County Sheriff’s deputies answered a report of a woman cutting herself with a knife in Parachute on Sunday, and arrested her boyfriend for child abuse, methamphetamine and violence related charges. She and her mother were also charged with child abuse.According to a warrantless arrest affidavit, a deputy was dispatched to a Silver Queen Circle residence in Parachute on Sunday and arrived around 12:30 p.m. Danelle Monaco, 44, answered the door and escorted the deputy to the bathroom. He saw Karah Williams, 23, lying against the wall with a black eye and observed blood on several parts of the bathroom, the affidavit says. A deputy wrote that he observed the residence in “poor conditions,” with dirty diapers, cigarette butts, dirty clothes and dishes “everywhere.” At least three children were staying at the residence, according to the affidavit.Deputies arrested Christopher Lee Vanvalkenburg, 28, on suspicion of child abuse, violating a restraining order, harassment, third-degree assault, false imprisonment and unlawful use of a schedule-two controlled substance. He hadn’t posted a $7,500 bond as of Tuesday night.Deputies also charged Williams with child abuse, violation of a restraining order and unlawful use of a schedule-two controlled substance. They charged Monaco, the grandmother of children in the residence, with child abuse and false reporting to authorities.A deputy drove to the Grand River Medical Center to interview Williams after she was transported there by EMS staff.Monaco and Williams told deputies that Williams had only been staying there for a few days or weeks. The affidavit says a doctor told a deputy that Williams told him she came to town with her daughter to see Vanvalkenburg – the father.Williams told the deputy that Vanvalkenburg hit her in the eye when she asked him about pictures of an ex-girlfriend, the affidavit says. She also said they smoked meth together with the children present, with another man who stayed at the house the night before authorities intervened, the affidavit says. The couple got into another altercation that morning, with Vanvalkenburg holding Williams to the ground. She subsequently went into the bathroom and cut herself, the affidavit states, and she said he left the residence after that. The affidavit says Danelle found Williams in the bathroom and called authorities.The affidavit says Vanvalkenburg changed his story several times and that they believe Monaco falsely told authorities Vanvalkenburg wasn’t at the residence during the time in question. It states three children in the residence said they saw him smoking out of a long glass tube with a bowl on the end.Williams also said Monaco indicated she would lie to cover for Vanvalkenburg, and both had been coaching the children to lie to the police when questioned, according to the affidavit.Contact Pete Fowler: 945-8515, ext. 16611pfowler@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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