Woman guilty in 2-year-old’s beating death

Julie Huff

A Montrose woman has pleaded guilty to the 2016 battering death of a 2-year-old girl and is set to be sentenced to prison in December.

Julie Anne Huff, 32, pleaded guilty on Monday to a single count of child abuse negligently causing death before 7th Judicial District Judge Keri Yoder, close to two years after 2-year-old Tobi Joan Doyle died of a blow to the head.

Tobi, the daughter of Huff’s domestic partner, died shortly after midnight Feb. 13 while Huff was babysitting her. A forensic pathologist later determined the toddler’s death was caused by non-accidental head trauma from a blow to the head that would have knocked her unconscious.

Huff at the time claimed the little girl was unresponsive after a nap, according to an affidavit for Huff’s arrest. Tobi’s mother returned to the couple’s home in the 600 block of Roma Court in Montrose before calling 911 and attempting CPR on the girl.

Tobi never revived.

Huff in January pleaded not guilty to a felony count of child abuse resulting in death and was scheduled to take her case to trial this month.

On Monday, however, she entered a guilty plea to the amended count of negligent child abuse causing death in exchange for a stipulated 20-year prison sentence, court records said. She is scheduled to be formally sentenced at 9 a.m. Dec. 13 before Yoder.

Tobi’s obituary, published in the Montrose Daily Press shortly after her death, describes her as a loving child who enjoyed dancing, music, Minnie Mouse and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.


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