Court: No new trial in death of toddler
The Colorado Court of Appeals rejected an appeal Thursday from a woman who sought a trial on charges relating to the fatal shaking and beating of a toddler boy.
Sarah Beaudoin, 31, formerly of Grand Junction, argued in a court motion she had ineffective counsel, was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and was “under duress” when she signed a plea agreement in November 2006.
Beaudoin pleaded guilty to child abuse resulting in death, and in exchange, a first-degree murder charge in the death of 2-year-old Keaton Anderson was dismissed. In taking the deal, Beaudoin signed off on a stipulated sentence and was sentenced to 50 years in prison.
Beaudoin has since filed two motions seeking to throw out the sentence, the most recent of which was denied Thursday. The Court of Appeals said Beaudoin’s filings “lacked arguable merit.”
Keaton was the son of Beaudoin’s then-boyfriend in January 2006, when the child was fatally injured while in Beaudoin’s care. An autopsy showed the child had bruises to the back of his head and his retinas were torn.
Beaudoin will be eligible for parole in December 2029, according to the Colorado Department of Corrections.