CARBONDALE MOM PLEADS GUILTY TO POISONING DAUGHTERS
Glenwood Springs—She put rat poison in smoothies for her daughters and herself one day last summer. Her 8 and 11 year old girls survived and now 33 year old Maria Alvarado-Gomez is facing time in prison. The Carbondale woman avoided a charge of attempted first degree murder by pleading guilty to felony child abuse through the manufacture of a controlled substance. She entered her plea yesterday in Garfield County District Court. After her arrest, Alvarado-Gomez told investigators through an interpreter that she, “would rather the children be dead than alive in Mexico,” where their father wanted to take them. The girls are now with their father and Alvarado-Gomez remains in jail. She’ll be sentenced June 1st.
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