5-year-old girl overdoses on meth; mom, 2 suspects free on bond
KDVR / Garfield County
Left to right: Betha Ceballos-Romo, Daniel Alvarado, Stephanie Alvarado, Sophia Larson

By Rob Low, KDVR

RIFLE, Colo. (KDVR) -- The Rifle mother charged in the meth overdose that killed her 5-year-old daughter is free on bond.

Stephanie Alvarado, 26, was released from the Garfield County jail after posting a $20,000 bond Thursday night. Stephanie's cousins — Daniel Alvarado, 27, and Bertha Karina Ceballos-Romo, 26 — were both released on $5,000 bonds.

All three face charges of child abuse resulting in death, possession of controlled substance (meth) and reckless endangerment. Ceballos-Romo faces an additional count of tampering with evidence after police said she tried to clean up evidence from the apartment where Sophia Larson overdosed.

The Problem Solvers first reported on the arrests Thursday after the three adults were formally charged after a seven-week investigation that begin when Larson died on Dec. 11.

The three adults told investigators they had been smoking meth in Stephanie Alvarado's apartment in Rifle when her 5-year old daughter drank from a water bottle that turned out to be contaminated with meth.

Court records suggest that Alvarado and her two cousins watched Sophia Larson hallucinate for more than three hours while the 5-year old girl told her mom "she was seeing monsters and demons."

When the girl finally collapsed, they took her to a relative's house hoping an oxygen machine might help revive her before finally taking her to a hospital, where she was declared dead.

According to the arrest affidavit, Daniel Alvarado and Bertha Karina Ceballos-Romo, while high on meth, thought Sophia Larson was possessed by an evil spirit. So they insisted on quoting bible verses and praying for the girl instead of taking her to a hospital.

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