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Mom arrested in 4-year-old's death


Last updated 7/19/2022 at 2:38pm | View PDF

Emma Staton

A 24-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with the death of her 4-year-old daughter in a case related to fentanyl use.

Detectives with the Fountain Police Department (FPD) identified Emma Staton as the suspect in the death of Staton's daughter, Acelynn Staton-Contreras. Staton was arrested and charged with: Child Abuse Resulting in Death (Felony), Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (Felony), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

The El Paso County Coroner's Office will determine the cause and/or manner of death, but the coroner's office said that will take six to eight weeks.

FPD first announced it was investigating the death of the young girl who was found unresponsive at Love's Travel Stop just after 12 a.m. Wednesday, July 13.

FPD officers were dispatched to Love's, located at 5505 Travel Plaza Drive in Fountain, in response to a request from the Fountain Fire Department.

On arrival, officers made contact with Staton and her daughter, but the girl was unconscious. Officers immediately performed CPR; however the child was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The investigation is ongoing, but Staton remained in jail on a $500,000 bond with an initial court date of July 20.

If you have any information about this incident, please call Detective Ryan Sauter with the Fountain Police Department at (719) 382-4233. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (719) 634-STOP (7867) or If your information leads to a felony arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.


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