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Baby Wears ‘Aviator’ Helmet For Protection After Skull Surgery

By Kathy Walsh AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– A baby boy from Pueblo travels to Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora every two weeks to have his skull checked. That’s because 9-month-old Jude Mainard was born with a condition called craniosynostosis, some bones in his skull had fused too early. It leads to an abnormally shaped head and possibly too little room for the growing brain. One in 2,500 newborns have it.
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Jude Mainard (credit: CBS)

Jude arrives at the hospital looking like a tiny aviator. He is wearing a bright blue helmet painted like he’s a pilot. But it isn’t just for show. “Jude was getting a long kind of abnormally long head,” explained Molly Cotner, Jude’s mother.
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Molly with Jude (credit: CBS)

When Jude was months old, Cotner sensed a problem. Specialists at Children’s Hospital Colorado found that Jude had sagittal craniosynostosis, the most common type of the condition. It is the premature closure of the sagittal suture, the dense, fibrous connective tissue joint that runs along the top of the skull.
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Molly with Jude (credit: Molly Cotner)

“It was not allowing his brain and his head to grow out this way,” said Cotner. At 5 months, through small incisions in Jude’s scalp, surgeons removed a narrow strip of fused bone. Jude has since been wearing a specially-molded helmet 23 hours a day to reshape his head.
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Lizz Peterson with Jude Mainard (credit: CBS)

“The helmet will put a road block front to back and allow your head to grow side to side,” said Certified Orthotist and Prosthetist Lizz Peterson of Children’s. Every two weeks, she scans the baby’s head. Peterson checks the size of Jude’s head and the size of the helmet.
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“It’s (the helmet) too small,” she said this time. Jude is growing normally. He’ll get a new, bigger helmet in two weeks.
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Certified Orthotist and Prosthetist Lizz Peterson (credit: CBS)

“I think we’re going to do a Colorado-themed helmet, that’s the plan,” said Cotner. She does her best to make having the helmet fun, but she’s looking forward to the day she can take it off her baby boy for good.
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CBS4’s Kathy Walsh interviews Molly Cotner (credit: CBS)

That could happen in a few months. Jude needs to wear the helmet at least until he is 12 months old. His birthday is Dec. 3.
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Jude Mainard (credit: CBS)

Kathy Walsh is CBS4’s Weekend Anchor and Health Specialist. She has been with CBS4 for more than 30 years. She is always open to story ideas. Follow Kathy on Twitter @WalshCBS4.

Army Halts Chemical Weapons Shipments From Colorado To Texas

PUEBLO, Colo. (CBS4) – The impacts of Hurricane Harvey are delaying a U.S. Army operation here in Colorado.

Officials at the Pueblo Chemical Depot say the storm has forced them to stop shipping wastewater to a plant in Texas where it’s supposed to be destroyed.

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Workers in Pueblo are dismantling 2,600 tons of old shells containing mustard gas as part of a U.S. treaty signed in 1997 banning all chemical weapons.

The wastewater produced during that process was too much for the Pueblo facility to handle, so they started shipping it to Veolia Environmental Services Port Arthur, Texas in July.

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Officials there say the wastewater is being stored safely until the plant can resume operations.

There’s no word yet on when that’ll happen.

RELATED: Colorado Company Needs Your Help In Hurricane Harvey Cleanup

Woman Who Assisted Subjects Of Amber Alert ‘Felt Compelled To Help’

By Karen Morfitt

PUEBLO, Colo. (CBS4) – The mother and child who were abducted at gunpoint Thursday have been found after an extensive search that led authorities along Colorado’s Front Range from Commerce City to Pueblo. The search continues for the suspect.

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Police found the 26-year-old woman and her 1-year-old child in Denver on Friday after they were forced at gunpoint from a home in Adams County just before noon on Thursday.

Carol Archuleta was driving with her granddaughter in Pueblo when she saw a man and woman stranded on the side of the road with a child.

“I stopped I just felt compelled to help them,” Archuleta said.

Archuelta went above and beyond, not knowing the trio was the focus of a statewide amber alert. The man with them was Maurico Venzor-Gonzalez, the suspect in the kidnapping.

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Mauricio Venzor-Gonzalez (credit: Adams County)

“She seemed really nervous, upset, she wouldn’t talk much and now that I’m looking over the whole situation I’m realizing she was protecting her baby,” Archuleta said.

Archuleta first took them to the store for diapers and when their attempts to find a shelter failed, she opened her doors.

“We ended up taking them to the house. They took a shower and I fed them and they hung out for the night,” she said.

On Friday morning Archuleta and her granddaughter offered them a ride.

“A cop stopped us today with them in the car and then all of the sudden they started telling us that they needed to go somewhere else,” Pacheco said.

They parted ways in south Denver. At approximately 1:30 p.m. an RTD security guard spotted the three of them at a light rail station at Evans and Deleware, leading to their rescue but not the capture of Gonzales.

Archuleta says looking back at the situation, there were certainly red flags.

“I put my family in harm’s way trying to help people out and I’m never going to do that again,” Archuleta said.

The suspect, Mauricio Venzor-Gonzalez, 22, is described as a Hispanic male, 5-feet-6 and 129 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

Karen Morfitt joined the CBS4 team as a reporter in 2013. She covers a variety of stories in and around the Denver metro area. Connect with her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter @karenmorfitt or email her tips.

Abducted Woman, Child Found After Extensive Search

DENVER (CBS4)– The mother and child who were abducted at gunpoint have been found after an extensive search that led authorities along the Front Range from Commerce City to Pueblo on Thursday. The search continues for the suspect.

Police believe they found the 26-year-old woman and her 1-year-old child in Denver on Friday after they were forced at gunpoint from a home in Adams County just before noon on Thursday.

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An Amber Alert was issued for the young mother and her son after the woman’s ex-boyfriend allegedly abducted them at gunpoint.

Police in Denver apparently found the woman and her child on Friday, near a light rail station on Delaware Street in Greenwood Village. Authorities were alerted that the woman, her child and suspect were traveling to Denver from Pueblo on Friday afternoon.

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Shortly after the officers took the woman and her son into an ambulance to transport them to Denver Health Medical Center, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation cancelled the Amber Alert.

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Copter4 flew over the ambulance pulling into Denver Health Medical Center where the woman and her son were taken (credit: CBS)

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Mauricio Venzor-Gonzalez (credit: Adams County)

The suspect, Mauricio Venzor-Gonzalez, 22, is described as a Hispanic male, 5-feet-6 and 129 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

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Copter4 flew over the home in Commerce City where the abduction happened (credit: CBS)

Venzor-Gonzalez remains at large after running away from where he was spotted with his ex-girlfriend and child.

Authorities continue to search for him in connection with the abduction. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and work boots.

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The vehicle was found abandoned in Pueblo (credit: CBS)

Venzor-Gonzalez was driving a grey Honda sedan that was last seen southbound on Interstate 25 near Pueblo. About 3:45 p.m. Thursday, the vehicle involved in the Amber Alert was located at 1741 Cypress St. in Pueblo, behind St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center. No one was inside the vehicle.

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Officers conducted a search of the area but didn’t locate the abducted woman, child or the suspect in Pueblo on Thursday.

The search for Venzor-Gonzalez continued on Friday.

Where Are They? Search Continues For Woman, Child

ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– The search continues for a child and his mother who were abducted at gunpoint by the child’s father more than 24 hours ago.

An Amber Alert was issued for the 1-year-old boy boy, later identified as Zahid Adams, and his mother, Samantha Adams, after they were taken by the child’s father at gunpoint from a home in Commerce City just before noon on Thursday.

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Both remained missing on Friday.

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Zahid Adams (credit: CBI)

The suspect, Mauricio Venzor-Gonzalez, 22, is described as a Hispanic male, 5-feet-6 and 129 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

He is the child’s father and the ex-boyfriend of Samantha Adams, 26.

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Copter4 flew over the home in Commerce City where the abduction happened (credit: CBS)

“We do have reason to believe Mauricio is still armed with a gun and is considered to be dangerous,” said Adams County Sheriff’s Office Senior Deputy Amanda Overton during a news conference on Thursday evening.

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Mauricio Venzor-Gonzalez (credit: Adams County)

Other than a black baseball hat, it is unknown what Venzor-Gonzalez was last wearing.

Neighbors said they have seen Venzor-Gonzalez around the neighborhood.

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The home in Commerce City (credit: CBS)

“I’ve seen the boyfriend come and go and they’ve had spats here and there,” said neighbor Kevin Cowan.

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Samantha Adams (credit: CBI)

“I just know that she was his ex-girlfriend… they have the one son together, but I don’t know the history of their relationship,” said Overton.

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The vehicle was found abandoned in Pueblo (credit: CBS)

Venzor-Gonzalez was driving a grey Honda sedan that was last seen southbound on Interstate 25 near Pueblo. It has Colorado license plate EVQ-410.

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Police initially believed the vehicle had been found early after the Amber Alert was issued, abandoned in Pueblo, but that vehicle was determined not to be involved in the abduction.

About 3:45 p.m. Thursday, the vehicle believed to be involved in the Amber Alert was located at 1741 Cypress St. in Pueblo, behind St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center. No one was inside the vehicle.

Authorities started canvassing the area around the hospital in hopes of finding the suspect or those abducted.

“We do know that Samantha, on her right wrist with a cancer surviving tattoo and a butterfly, so if you see anyone with that description, please call in,” said Overton.

If you see the boy, his mother or the suspect, please call police or 911 immediately.

Amber Alert Issued After 1-Year-Old Taken At Gunpoint

PUEBLO, Colo. (CBS4) – Police have issued an Amber Alert in southern Colorado.

A 1-year-old boy boy, later identified as Zahid Adams, was taken by the mother’s ex-boyfriend at gunpoint from a home in Commerce City just before noon on Thursday.

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The boy’s mother, Samantha Adams, 26, was also taken by force. Both remain missing.

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Zahid Adams (credit: CBI)

The suspect, Mauricio Venzor-Gonzalez, 22, is described as a Hispanic male, 5-feet-6 and 129 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

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Copter4 flew over the home in Commerce City where the abduction happened (credit: CBS)

“We do have reason to believe Mauricio is still armed with a gun and is considered to be dangerous,” said Adams County Sheriff’s Office Senior Deputy Amanda Overton.

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Mauricio Venzor-Gonzalez (credit: Adams County)

Other than a black baseball hat, it is unknown what he was last wearing.

Neighbors said they have seen Venzor-Gonzalez around the neighborhood.

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The home in Commerce City (credit: CBS)

“I’ve seen the boyfriend come and go and they’ve had spats here and there,” said neighbor Kevin Cowan.

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Samantha Adams (credit: CBI)

“I just know that she was his ex-girlfriend… they have the one son together, but I don’t know the history of their relationship,” said Overton.

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The vehicle was found abandoned in Pueblo (credit: CBS)

Venzor-Gonzalez was driving a grey Honda sedan that was last seen southbound on Interstate 25 near Pueblo. It has Colorado license plate EVQ-410.

Police initially believed the vehicle had been found early after the Amber Alert was issued, abandoned in Pueblo, but that vehicle was determined not to be involved in the abduction.

About 3:45 p.m. Thursday, the vehicle believed to be involved in the Amber Alert was located at 1741 Cypress St. in Pueblo, behind St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center. No one was inside the vehicle.

Authorities started canvassing the area around the hospital in hopes of finding the suspect or those abducted.

“We do know that Samantha, on her right wrist with a cancer surviving tattoo and a butterfly, so if you see anyone with that description, please call in,” said Overton.

If you see the boy, his mother or the suspect, please call police immediately.

Ticket Sales Up At Colorado State Fair

PUEBLO, Colo. (CBS4)– People are heading to the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo. It’s the 145th year for the event.

Ticket sales are up 33 percent over last year.

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The fair has expanded its carnival and brought in bigger rides.

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The fair is three times the size of what it has been recently.

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The Colorado State Fair continues through Sept. 4.

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Deputies Involved In Fatal Shooting In Southern Colorado

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — An investigation is underway after sheriff’s deputies in southern Colorado were involved in a fatal shooting.

The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office says one person, whose name and age have not been released, was shot in a home in Colorado City on Monday evening. None of the deputies involved was injured, and the Pueblo Police Department is leading the investigation.

No other information was released.

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Woman Arrested For Running Over, Killing Man In Pueblo

PUEBLO, Colo. (CBS4) – Pueblo police have arrested a 25-year-old woman who now stands accused of killing a man with her car.

Rosalyn Hernandez, 29, was identified by witnesses as the driver of a gold-colored Suzuki Forenza that ran over 25-year-old Christopher Piserchio early Saturday morning in downtown Pueblo.

Police say Piserchio had attempt to break up a physical fight at 2:30 a.m. when he was killed.

Police were called after the fight and collision and found Piserchio lying in the road. He died at the hospital.

The car was later found in downtown.

Hernandez faces charges of Second Degree Murder.

The Pueblo Police Department is asking for the public’s help in obtaining information about the incident.

 

 

Injured Eagle Takes Flight, Released Back Into The Wild

PUEBLO, Colo. (CBS4) – Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced the release of a rehabbed golden eagle back into the wild.

The female golden eagle was recovering from a leg injury at the Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo after it was hit by a car along Highway 24 on July 18.

She suffered a soft-tissue injury to her left foot in the accident, but the raptor center was able to help her along with a speedy recovery.

On Aug. 16, with the help of the raptor center’s Diana Miller atop a hill in Divide, the eagle took flight again.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife posted photos of the release to their Facebook page.

Miller says the center treats six to 10 injured eagles each year.