Family seeks help after infant girl’s accidental death

A local family heartbroken by the accidental death of a 2-month-old infant is seeking donations to help pay for a headstone and other costs in the baby’s death.

A funeral for Adelyna Hilton will be at 10 a.m. today at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2542 G Road. A burial will follow at Delta Cemetery. A fund has been set up in the infant’s name at Wells Fargo banks.

The infant’s grandmother, Cindy Coulter, said the infant died after accidentally being smothered by a babysitter as the two were sleeping on a couch.

The Mesa County Coroner’s Office has ruled the infant’s March 30 death an accident.

“We’re trying to put together what we can,” Coulter said about arranging a funeral. “It’s really tragic.”

Coulter said about 30 members of the infant’s extended family have traveled from afar to help out with the funeral. Some burial donations have come in, but the family is still short on funds to purchase a headstone. They also are seeking funds to help pay for some travel costs for family members’ return home. And, Coulter said, although family members have hleped her, the infant’s mother has only $20 remaining for the rest of the month.

The infant’s mother legally adopted the child from her sister, who had the child while in jail, Coulter said. Adelyna Hilton’s adopted mom works from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. and needed a babysitter while she delivered newspapers for The Daily Sentinel, Coulter said. The child’s biological father also shared custody of the infant.

The father recently had his cell phone stolen. It contained all of the photos of his child.

“The dad is taking it really rough,” said Joshua Coulter, the infant’s uncle. “Two months with the joy of your life in your hands and it’s taken away.”


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