Shannon Dodson found naked in smoking apartment, allegedly admitted to drowning child

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Big photos, video below.
Original post, 5:58 a.m. November 12: The more details we learn about the death of Jude Murray-Gomez, age five, the more horrific the story becomes. First came news that the boy's body was found in a burning apartment. That was followed by the revelation that he actually died of drowning, presumably before the blaze was lit. And now, bereaved loved ones of the child are coming forward to say they'd alerted authorities in the days before the tragedy of their fears for his safety, and concerns about his now-arrested mother, Shannon Dodson, but no action was taken until it was too late.

According to records accessed by 9News, Dodson, 42, had a history of homelessness -- and at least one guardian appointed to oversee care of young Jude cited "possible mental health issues" and suggested she undergo a psychological evaluation.

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Jude Murray-Gomez.
If such an analysis was undertaken, information about it has yet to surface. But we know that while custody of Gomez-Murray was officially held by his grandmother, Jillian Gomez, Dodson was allowed visitation rights three days a month.

One such get-together was supposed to end on November 3, with Dodson returning the boy to his grandma at a prearranged time. But when the hour struck, Dodson wasn't there. In response, Jillian contacted the Colorado Springs Police Department, but she tells 9News the cops said they couldn't get involved in a civil matter and referred her to the court system.

As of this writing, the CSPD hasn't commented on this claim.

Then, on Friday, November 8, authorities responded to a report of a fire at Hill Park Apartments, at 4320 East Pike Avenue in the Springs:

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The Hill Park Apartments.
Inside was Jude's body, prompting the arrest of Dodson on suspicion of first-degree murder, for reasons that became clear on Sunday. That's when the Colorado Springs Gazette reported that the coroner had determined the boy's cause of death was drowning.

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An old Myspace portrait of Dodson.
This conclusion added to the ominous nature of Dodson's final Facebook post, on a page that now appears to have been deleted. On Friday, she reportedly wrote a single word: "Fini" -- the French word for "finished."

Dodson was already scheduled to appear in court this week. According to KRDO-TV, a hearing was on the books in order to hear arguments by the boy's father, Jude Thaddeus Gomez, who'd filed a custody petition late last year. Instead, she'll likely face formal murder charges.

In the meantime, questions linger, including one posed by Juan Gomez, Jude's uncle, in conversation with 9News. "This was preventable on so many levels," he stated before asking, "Who dropped the ball?"

Here's a larger look at a Dodson mug shot, followed by the latest 9News package on the case.

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Shannon Dodson.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our Colorado Crimes archive circa April 2011: "Shannon Johnson gets 10 years after infant son drowned in bath as she played Facebook game."



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23 comments
thetruth
thetruth

JANET DUBOIS the judge is at fault. Look at the picture of the murderer. Would the judge allow her daughter to be unsupervised with an obvious meth freak, homeless, and jobless? Also, the murderer ran away 6 months after Jude was born, and only came back a year ago, homeless. 

The courts were not helpful in the beginning and the lazy cops who did a keystone kop search, when everyone in the apt building knew where she was.

The real blame lies in the JUDGE!! JANET DUBOIS

LOOK AT HER UGLINESS HERE: http://www.coloradojudicialperformance.gov/retention.cfm?ret=155

anon
anon

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:

 so now they are blaming the father how disgusting -- can't these folks learn one thing from the mother -

anon
anon

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:

so now they are blaming the father how disgusting

LeAnn Nuss Lovato
LeAnn Nuss Lovato

I think it's bullshit that the cops always say "it's a civil matter" and don't help out with these sort of cases. I assume the grandmother had a court order from a judge regarding custody of this child. Why can't police assist people with making sure a court order gets obeyed? Really, what the hell good is a court order if it can't be enforced? It's no wonder so many people basically wipe their asses with custody orders and the like and just do whatever they want. Unless the other party has the money and time to take it back before a judge, there won't be any real consequences for disobeying court orders.

Chris Vann
Chris Vann

She should have had mental help long ago, as is the case with most of these horrendous stories...

Kevin Juhasz
Kevin Juhasz

Oh, jeez, right out of the box with a comment demanding we ignore the Constitution.

McShyster
McShyster

American Family Values .... another "god-fearing" christian.


Iustitia_defluo
Iustitia_defluo

@thetruth I can't help but to agree with you Mr (or respectively Mrs./Ms.) Truth. It is the JOB of any judge to do what is best for the child in such circumstances and a woman such as Dodson would have displayed many red-flags to serve as indicators of her instability. Anyone in a position of authority such as this judge SHOULD be held accountable for her decisions. ty for the informative links as well. Judging by your words, you are an Advocate of Justice, and a seeker of truth and necessary reform. I share in your enthusiasm for justice. Feel free to email me anytime iustitia_est_monstrum@yahoo.com (I give westword my Permission to publish my email address for the purpose of correspondence. And do so of my own recognizance.)

yodownmuthalicka
yodownmuthalicka

@Danielle Dansky Andreozzi What about improving mental health care access so this type of event happens less in the future?

yodownmuthalicka
yodownmuthalicka

@McShyster More and more these days, it seems like true deviants hide out in churches. My old Pastor was a perv and was busted for child porn! So "christian" these days...

phxmark86
phxmark86

@yodownmuthalicka Yeah asshole has it all figured out. And if you don't agree with his thoughts on mental health, he just might knock out your teeth and urinate on you. Like a fucking dog. Looks you you dont even have the balls to "claim your words" huh tough guy?

phxmark86
phxmark86

@yodownmuthalickahuman garbage such as yourself still thinks they have the right to tell people what they can and can't say with threats of violence. Im going to let all you comment to know what a vile piece of shit you are. You call me a coward? Whqat a joke.

"Anonymity is your friend here, dude, b/c your words would equal missing teeth if these words were spoken in person. Greg and I would put you upside down in a trash can and piss on you if you had the balls to actually claim these words. Coward." 

This is assholes attempt to silence me. Im coming to Denver and want my chance to teach this punk how things work in the real world and know he ignores me. Coward indeed. You are spineless human garbage. You've made it very clear what type of trash you are. Who is the coward, hard ass?

phxmark86
phxmark86

@yodownmuthalicka @McShyster Has any typical moronic asshole on a chatboard ever been successful in silencing someone with threats? How fucking old are you tough guy? Do you really think I'm going to be like" Oh look at that font, I better watch myself with this guy."? what a fucking joke you are. HULK SMASH!

phxmark86
phxmark86

@yodownmuthalicka @McShyster And what an upstanding member of society you are. human garbage such as yourself still thinks they have the right to tell people what they can and can't say with threats of violence. Im going to let all you comment to know what a vile piece of shit you are. You call me a coward? What a joke.

"Anonymity is your friend here, dude, b/c your words would equal missing teeth if these words were spoken in person. Greg and I would put you upside down in a trash can and piss on you if you had the balls to actually claim these words. Coward." 

This is how scumbag reacts to hearing words he doesn't like. By getting ghetto and thinking he can tell people how to speak because he is such a tough fucking guy. I want to claim my words and he has nothing to type. Toughest guy on this message board. Make sure you don't say anything he doesn't approve of, or he might urinate on you. Like a fucking dog.

anon
anon

@McShyster 

Timing of his pickup from Grandmother coincided with pictures of Jude Gomez at McDonald's on Murray street (time 3:08 pm) with both half sisters and husbands present.  They knew where he was all the time......hours after his death both sisters posting horoscopes...and other "fun" stuff.

phxmark86
phxmark86

@yodownmuthalicka  And as I said, Im coming to Denver and will be glad to "claim my words" because I "have the balls". Fucking sub human simpleton. I relish the chance to give you real world experience on how animals like yourself are dealt with. I will have you put in a place where your attitude is actually how people deal with each other. You'd fit right in. Unless you are just a blow hard keyboard tough guy. Which is the true reality here, isn't it?

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