Blunt Force Trauma Killed Mother Who Was Found Dead By Kids

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Colorado Springs police say blunt force trauma killed 48-year-old Marie “Angie” Sandoval on February 1.

Police tell 11 News a family member made an emergency call at 2:24 a.m. claiming they had found Sandoval dead inside her home at 1002 Querida Drive in Colorado Springs.

The victim's ex-husband tells 11 News Sandoval's 14-year-old daughter found her dead. Then she called her dad. Then 911 was called. Three people were home when Sandoval's body was found; the 14-year-old daughter, an 11-year-old son and a neighbor.

The ex-husband says his ex-wife didn’t work. She devoted all her time to the care of her 11-year-old son, who is severely autistic.

Police say an autopsy showed blunt force trauma was the cause of death but the manner of death has not been finalized, pending toxicology reports.

Lt. David Whitlock of the Colorado Springs Police Department says the death is suspicious. "Until we know definitively how someone dies and by what manner, we always investigate it as a homicide," he said.

The children and the neighbor were uninjured when emergency officials arrived on scene. "There were no issues surrounding them. They appear to be in good health," said Lt. Whitlock.

The investigation is ongoing. No arrests have been made.