Tahca Christensen reportedly attributes bathtub drowning of baby to other child, age two

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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A number of news items that broke during the just-completed holiday week received less attention than they deserved. One glaring example: the charging of Tahca Chrstensen and Aldo Preza with child abuse resulting in death for the bathtub drowning of a six month old that Christensen partly attributed to her other child, age two, according to an arrest affidavit on view below.

The document states that Denver Police and paramedics were called to a building on the 5700 block of West Dartmouth at just past 8:30 a.m. on June 28 after receiving a report of a child who was not breathing. The youngster in question -- Angel Preza, born four days before Christmas of last year -- was vomiting up what appeared to be a combination of formula and bathwater when the crew members arrived. He was rushed to Swedish Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead just over an hour later.

Christensen, Angel's mom, wound up at the hospital, too, but not for long. She was soon cuffed and transported to police headquarters, where the affidavit says she agreed to talk after being read her rights. She revealed that she'd put Angel in a bathtub chair along with her two year old, who needed cleaning after messing his pants.

She then turned on the shower, she continued, before going into the other room to make her husband, Aldo Preza, his breakfast.

What could possibly go wrong in that scenario? Plenty. When she returned to the bathroom, she told police, she found Angel still in his chair but with his face in six inches of water.

The water shouldn't have collected in the tub, she noted, because she'd left the stopper out of the drain -- something she claimed to have done on three prior occasions without a problem. However, she said the two year old liked to play with the stopper.

Not that Christensen entirely blamed her surviving child for what happened to Angel. She allegedly conceded that she'd screwed up by leaving the children alone in the bathtub and said what happened was her fault.

The child-abuse-resulting-in-death charge leveled against Christensen suggests that the Denver District Attorney's Office agrees. But DA reps fitted Preza with the same count, presumably for putting breakfast ahead of his children's safety.

Here are large versions of the couple's booking photos, followed by the aforementioned arrest affidavits.

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Aldo Preza.

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Tahca Christensen.

Tahca Christensen and Aldo Preza Arrest Affidavit

More from our Colorado Crimes archive: "Muriel Keer allegedly on computer in different room as her baby drowned in bathtub."

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CAMSHEEL
CAMSHEEL

Another sorry excuse. DING DONG YOU DO NOT LEAVE BABIES ALONE IN THE BATHTUB. UNLESS YOU ARE THE DUMBEST. MORON IN THE WORLD.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

No DNA evidence cleared anyone. 4 people alive in the house at midnight, 3 people alive in the house in the morning. The suspect list consists of 3 people. Fact: In the U$A, a child is 10x more likely to be MURDERED by a Parent or Family member than a stranger.

Lionessgrrl
Lionessgrrl

Patsy Ramsey didn't do it. She died before DNA evidence cleared her.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

... or when Patsy Ramsay killed JonBenet.

Caroline
Caroline

You are right that co-sleeping is not always dangerous, but it often is (even if the parent is not drunk or otherwise under the influence). It is quite possible to suffocate a baby without hearing a sound, particularly if their face and mouth are covered by a pillow or blankets. There are some products made now that allow the baby to sleep in or next to the mother's bed safely by limiting their ability to roll/move around the bed and placing a small barrier to prevent mom or dad from rolling over on the baby. I think the idea of co-sleeping is great, but unless it is done very thoughtfully with all safeguards in place it can be quite dangerous. 

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Or have them kidnapped by Small Foreign Factions ...

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Why are these types of Child Abuse charges filed against wealthy white people when their children die in tragic accidents ?

Chest Payne
Chest Payne

You mean like when OJ killed two people and got aquitted, or when Eric Holder sold guns to the drug cartel, or when Dr. Kifuji killed Rebecca Riley with meds and was granted immunity to testify against the parents?  Yeah I was wondering that, too.

Gryphon50a
Gryphon50a

 not too many wealthy white people do this sort of thing. If wealthy people really can't stand their kids, they just hire nannies.

CS
CS

Yeah reall, like that fatty that rolled over on and killed THREE infants, only finally getting charged with the last. I've never understood why people sleep with their infants, it's dangerous!!

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Yeah, how did humanity manage to survive millenia without that tidbit of information ...

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