Mother charged in West Glenwood double homicide involving two children
Two children died as a result of their wounds from a stabbing Thursday afternoon at an apartment complex in West Glenwood, and their 37-year-old mother is facing two counts of first-degree murder, Glenwood Springs police said Friday.
The victims were an 11-year-old girl and a boy, age 18, police said.
The victims’ mother, Claudia Y. Camacho-Duenas, was detained without incident at the scene, and there were no outstanding suspects relating to the case, police reported.
State agents from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation arrived late Thursday afternoon after the two children were violently assaulted at an apartment complex in the 100 block of Soccer Field Road.
Camacho-Duenas is expected to be charged with two counts of first-degree murder of a family member, a Friday press release stated. Camacho-Duenas remained in the Garfield County Jail on Sunday without bond, pending a formal advisement hearing.
Police were called to the scene at approximately 2:34 p.m. Thursday. First responders administered life-saving measures to Camacho-Duenas’ children, who were both reported stabbed, the news release states.
The victims were transported to the hospital with severe injuries; however, police reported on Friday that the victims later died.
Witnesses were questioned by detectives and agents with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Glenwood Springs Police Chief Joseph Deras said in a Thursday night news release.
Following the initial call, the roadway in the immediate area was closed to traffic for hours after the incident.
“It appeared the initial assault occurred within an apartment unit and continued into the parking lot area,” Deras said in the Friday release. “Officers were able to quickly determine there were no outstanding suspects nor was there any continuing threat to the public’s safety.
“This type of violence is uncharacteristic for our community, and our first responders, police and fire, are personally affected by this event,” Deras said. “We recognize this affects everyone in our community, and we mourn this inexplicable loss of life of these two very young people.”
Deras declined to release any further information with respect to evidence or the criminal justice process moving forward.
The children were students in Glenwood Springs public schools, prompting a letter to Roaring Fork School District staff and families.
“We are working closely with the Glenwood Springs Police Department and the Hope Center to coordinate support over the weekend and into next week,” Superintendent Rob Stein wrote in the letter. “Our own counseling team is on call alongside the Hope Center, and will be available in their buildings for students, teachers and staff members when school resumes.”
Teachers return to Roaring Fork District buildings on Monday, and students return on Tuesday.
Post Independent reporters Ike Fredregill, Ray Erku and John Stroud contributed to this report.
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