Shannon Dodson found naked in smoking apartment, allegedly admitted to drowning child
Update: Yesterday, we told you about the arrest of Shannon Dodson, for allegedly killing her five-year-old son, Jude Murray-Gomez; see our previous coverage below.
Photos, video below.
Now, the arrest affidavit in the case has been made public, and it adds disturbing new details. For instance, Dodson was found naked and wet in her apartment, where she's said to have started a fire after drowning her son -- something she reportedly admitted to authorities after she was taken into custody.
The document obtained by 7News lays out the events of Friday, November 8, like so.
At around 9:16 a.m., the affidavit says, firefighters responded to a blaze at a unit in the Hill Park Apartments in Colorado Springs. When they were unable to rouse anyone inside, a manager used a pass key to let emergency personnel inside -- but they soon discovered the door had been blocked. They had to push aside plastic bins of clothing and the dining room table in order to gain access to the space.
Once inside, they found a mattress that had been set on fire, as well as young Jude, who was wrapped in what's described as a smoldering blanket and placed on the box springs. He could not be resuscitated.
A further search of the premises revealed Dodson; she was in a closet -- nude and wet, presumably from the bathtub, which was filled with water.
A coroner's report later determined that Jude died of drowning, not anything related to the fire.
Also located was a bottle of sleeping pills, half of it empty, and several matches.
The next day, investigators were finally able to interview Dodson. At that time, police say she told them, "I killed my son."
The report below also states that Dodson didn't want to return the child to her husband, Jude Thaddeus Gomez, who'd filed for custody late last year; a hearing in the matter was expected to take place this week.
After publication of our original item, Westword received a note from grieving relatives that raises questions about the boy's father -- but it also memorializes a lovely child. The note reads in part:
"There was something about that little boy that was so special. He touched everyone's heart that ever met him even if it was just a few minutes. He was a joy to be with and loved everyone. He had a way of making the room brighten up when he walked in. He was so polite & was so kind and smart beyond toddler years."
Dodson is expected to make her first court appearance later today. Here's the 7News report, followed by our previous coverage.
Continue for our previous coverage about the tragic death of Jude Murray-Gomez, including more photos and video.