A young girl has died from crystal meth poisoning after drinking water allegedly left out overnight in a water bottle her mother used as a bong.
Sophia Larkson, 5, is understood to have drunk the tainted liquid allegedly left out by her unemployed mother Stephanie Alvarado.
It is understood Sophia, from Rifle, Colorado had become thirsty in the middle of the night and consumed the water from a bottle her mother had been using as a pipe for crystal meth.
Alvarado, 26, had lost her job at a dental office due to her drug use. On the night of her daughter’s death on December 10, she and two cousins Daniel Alvarado, 27, and Bertha Karina Ceballos-Romo, 28, had been smoking the crystal meth at her house.
Daughter Sofia went to bed at around 10.30pm before awaking in the night thirsty and came across the bottle containing about an inch of the toxic water. She immediately noticed the taste was wrong and spat some of it out, saying ‘yucky’.
Sophia began hallucinating but rather than seek medical help, Alvarado and the two other adults prayed and read her passages from the bible, court documents allege.
One of the adults read a passage out of the Bible about ‘taking a spirit out of a possessed boy,’ the affidavit said.
Alvarado also wrapped her daughter in a blanket and gave her milk, fearing reprisals if the emergency services were alerted.
Her condition deteriorated and after losing consciousness, Sophia was taken to another apartment and given oxygen through a tube before they finally took her to Grand River Hospital, where she was pronounced dead in the early hours of December 11.
Garfield County Coroner Robert Glassmire said the girl had ‘very, very high’ levels of methamphetamine in her blood.
Alvarado, Ceballos-Romo and Alvarado were arrested and charged with child abuse resulting in death, possession of a controlled substance and reckless endangerment.
Officers found plastic bags full of white powder and pipes and bongs, as well as drug residue on a dollar bill during a search of Alvarado’s home.
Sophia’s devastated father Alec Larson, who shares custody of the child, told Fox 31: ‘I miss her every second, every day.’
He lamented the fact that Alvarado failed to take their daughter to hospital straight away, saying: ‘If they would have taken her when they saw my daughter drank that, she may have been a little slow and not right in the head – but my daughter would still be here with me today.’