4-year-old girl dies at truck stop, mother arrested


UPDATE: Detectives from the Fountain Police Department have identified Emma Staton, 24, as a suspect in the death of 4-year-old Acelynn Staton-Contreras. Staton has been arrested and will be notified of the charges against her on the afternoon of July 14.

Emma Staton, 24

Staton faces charges of:

  • Child abuse resulting in death (crime)
  • Illegal possession of a controlled substance (felony)
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia

The El Paso County Coroner’s Office will determine the cause and/or circumstances of the child’s death.

FOUNTAIN, Colo. – The Fountain Police Department (FPD) is investigating after the death of a child at a truck stop in Fountain just after midnight Wednesday.

At 12:10 p.m. on Wednesday July 13, FPD officers responded to the Love’s Truck Stop on Travel Plaza Drive in Fountain following a call from the Fountain Fire Department. When officers arrived, they found an adult woman and an unconscious young girl.

Officers performed CPR, but the child died at the scene.

Due to the nature of the incident, the FPD Investigations Division was called to the scene and initiated an investigation. The El Paso County Coroner’s Office took custody of the child at the scene. The investigation is ongoing.

If you have any information about this incident, please call Detective Ryan Sauter of the Fountain Police Department at (719) 382-4233. To remain anonymous, contact the Crime Stoppers Information Line at (719) 634-STOP (7867) or www.crimestop.net. If your information leads to a felony arrest, you may be eligible for a cash reward.


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