Father Accused In Infant's Death Will Go To Trial

By: KKTV
By: KKTV

The man accused of causing his infant son's death will be put on trial for the crime. A judge decided Friday there was enough evidence to send the case to trial.

Court documents indicate that Anthony Angel was arrested for the death of 5-month-old Antonio Angel because medical experts said the child's fatal injuries would have rapidly appeared at a time when he was alone with the child.

The autopsy showed severe blunt trauma to the baby’s brain, and bleeding.

According to court documents, a detective's investigation revealed that the child's injuries were acute and appeared rapidly while Angel and his son were alone. Based on that information, Angel was arrested on the charge of first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death.

During the investigation it was also determined that Antonio’s mother, Brandi Strawn, had been booked into the county jail on charges of felony theft by receiving and pawn broker violations.

After the judge decided to send the case to trial, Strawn told KKTV 11 News that she was standing by Angel. She said she doesn't believe he committed any child abuse, and added that she'd known him since they were 12.

According to the affidavit, Angel told the detective that he and Strawn usually spent their days taking care of Antonio and playing video games. On November 18, however, the family was out riding buses to various businesses trying to get a check cashed.

Each business refused to cash the check, and one owner told police he remembered Angel being hostile.

After failing to cash the check at several businesses, Strawn told police that Angel was "working his way up" to getting mad. She offered to continue trying to cash the check while he went home.

The affidavit says that Angel told police he laid the baby on the bed in their bedroom after returning home. He said he looked up pornography on his cell phone and then went to sleep, but woke up to the sound of Antonio gasping for breath.

Angel said he started to cry, then put on his shoes and ran from the house.

A neighbor gave Angel a ride to the Pueblo Community Health Center, where they preformed CPR on the infant. He was later taken to Parkview Medical Center and eventually to the Children's Hospital in Denver.

That neighbor, who wanted to remain anonymous, told 11 News that he was surprised at the allegations. He said he never saw any behavior from Angel that would indicate that he would ever hurt the baby, or even had a temper.

While he only knew him a few weeks, the neighbor says he employed him to do some work around the house, while he struggled finding a job. He described Angel as a diligent worker who was “calm, cool, and collected.” He added that the baby seemed like a happy baby, and always had “a smile on his face”.

He said on November 18 Angel came to his door in a “state of panic”, not sure why his baby couldn’t breathe. The neighbor said that Angel was genuinely concerned about the child and was “gently cradling him”.

The neighbor said that Angel came back on November 18 and thanked him for the ride to the hospital, attributing him with saving his baby’s life.

After Antonio passed away, he again thanked the neighbor for his assistance that night and said, “You are the only person in Pueblo who would help me.”

Angel told the neighbor how police were suspecting him of child abuse. Angel looked him in the eye and said, “I will never admit to hurting my son, because I didn’t do it.”

According to the affidavit, Antonio’s mother asked a hospital representative, "Do you think someone shook him?"

After a second brain death scan, Antonio was taken off of life support and declared deceased on November 20.

The affidavit requesting an arrest warrant for Angel was written on November 29 based on the fact that he and the child were alone together at the time.

Angel denied allegations of child abuse to investigators, saying “I’ve told you everything I know to the best of my ability, I did not do nothing to my son.”

Court documents also show that Angel told the investigators that the child hit his head on a bar while riding the bus. That story was verified by security footage, but medical experts from the Children's Hospital said the injuries they observed would not have been caused by that accident. The injuries, they told police, were severe trauma.

11 News also learned from the affidavit that the couple’s roommate was home at the time. She was also taking a nap, in a separate room. The documents say she told investigators she didn’t even see Anthony and Antonio leave, and was upset he didn’t wake her up to let her know something was wrong.


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  • by innocentuntilprovenguilty Location: lajunta on Jan 29, 2012 at 10:06 PM
    everyone throwing around their personal accusations based on media reports needs to kindly shut their mouths, theres alot of aspects to the case that nobody even knows about. i suggest everyone educates themselves on the numerous different things that can cause brain bleeds in infants and even metabolic disorders, look into public records of parents FALESLY accused and imprisioned due to medical negligence and ASSUMPTIONS when a child is taken into a hospital in a comatose state and the doctors assume child abuse and the childs likely hood of not surviving its a very common thing that not all medical means are extinguished to determine what could be wrong with the child. this poor man has not even gone through a trial yet and already people are slandering his name and making him out to be guilty....i say wait for a legitamate trial and for it to be proved with UNREASONABLE doubt then start saying what you think. whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty??? we are so quick to judge based on media and how someone looks nobody truly knows why their older child was taken away, let this family grieve....shame on you all
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      by Liyla on Jan 30, 2012 at 02:28 PM in reply to innocentuntilprovenguilty
      I am not judging him. He is known scum. How many dv's did this fool have? Nothing like throwing your wife around, right??? Good riddance, I hope he gets life..
  • by Greg Location: Castle Rock on Jan 28, 2012 at 02:05 AM
    All I know is nothing, like the rest of you, some of you, who think you know something. For all I know this man is completely innocent and if grieving for his child wasn't bad enough, he's been accused of murder, for which he may not have committed. There sounds like there is too many variables to play out here as to what could have happened. If that's all the evidence that I was presented as a juror, I don't think I could find him guilty. If he was I supposed God will get him in the end. I wouldn't take the chance of sending an innocent man to prison.
  • by oh my on Jan 27, 2012 at 05:14 PM
    I don't know any of em. Angel I really don't think you did it. I hope it's still an open case. A man is in jail and he is innocent. Don't stop I have seen people solve their own case behind bars. Angel it. Sounds like your inocent
  • by Ashley Location: colorado springs on Jan 27, 2012 at 04:32 PM
    In 2008 my daughter was shaken by her father. luckily she did survive and is now doing great all my ex husband got was 6 years probation. and he was a great guy everyone thought so. college educated, was very nice to be around, never had a temper etc.. however just because he's a good guy doesn't mean anything nice people have a boiling point too and unfortananetly he took it out on the baby I hope that this guy gets the death penalty or life in prison for hurting a helpless infant
  • by Airyk Location: La Junta, Co on Jan 14, 2012 at 08:13 AM
    I, too, know the Anthony and the mother quite personally. I grew up with both of them. Yea, they may have had their hiccups in life but not everyone is as perfect as you the haters saying, "He should be hung, he's a baby killer" Come on are you people out of your mind. Anthony is a great guy and sounds like they were a pretty decent family. I love how ignorant people are, and just how quick people are to judge just because they look like a bad egg.
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      by I know him too on Jan 29, 2012 at 11:07 AM in reply to Airyk
      I am ashamed to have even have met him. Where were his older kids? Do you know the answer to that? I do... Guess you didnt know him ALL that well....
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        by innocentuntilprovenguilty on Jan 29, 2012 at 10:01 PM in reply to I know him too
        apparently you dont know him well at all then, he is an outstanding father, just because he has had problems in the past doesnt make him a ruthless killer. he loved his baby more then anything in the world and was working to make his life better for himself and his family. before throwing around your far fet
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          by innocentuntilprovenguilty on Jan 29, 2012 at 10:32 PM in reply to innocentuntilprovenguilty
          wasnt able to finish my comment but before throwing around far fetched assumptions let a jury decide off of pure evidence, how do you know if everything was tested for that could of caused that childs symptoms....do you eve know half the things that can cause bleeding in a babies brain....like vitamin deficieinces, or coagulation disorders...underlying medical problems....i dont know who you are but shame on you because OBVIOUSLY you really dont know this man at all....
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          by When... on Jan 30, 2012 at 02:26 PM in reply to innocentuntilprovenguilty
          When child services had to take away the first two, they should have "fixed" him. This is the way the child services work, it continues until a baby DIES. Yes, DIES. LOL you don't know me, and you don't know how I know him. BTW, I am a nurse, and I will be the first one to tell you vitamin def. do NOT cause brain bleeds, you blithering fool. Did you know that he lost jobs due to violent behaviors? And besides, he is a KNOWN gang member (to a fake little wannabe gang).. This all plays into effect into the trial of your... ahhh... friend.. LOL Now I am going back to the real world, and I am going to leave you and Tony in your pretty little fable...
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        by dumb!!!!! on Feb 26, 2012 at 08:27 PM in reply to I know him too
        he doesnt have any older kids...antonio was his one and only child..brandis daughter was taken from her b4 him and her got to gether ..so u must know know him as well as u say..!!!!
  • by come on!!!!!! Location: La junta on Dec 23, 2011 at 10:19 PM
    I BELIEVE ITS INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY, ALL THEY HAVE IS THAT HE WAS ALONE WIT THE BABY COME ON!!!! GIVE US SOMETHING BETTER THAN THAT.THE FACT THAT I PERSONALLY KNOW ANGEL DOES NOT CLOUD MY JUDGEMENT BECAUSE IF HE DID IT I WOULD BE THE FIRST TO SAY THROW AWAY THE KEY. SO UNTIL U KNOW FOR SURE AND FACTS ARE THERE THEN U CAN ASSUME ALL U WANT. SO FOR NOW WE JUST WAIT. THE TRUTH WILL SET HIM FREE.
  • by RIP BBY Location: LA JUNTA, CO on Dec 23, 2011 at 12:07 PM
    I ALSO KNOW THE FATHER AND I DID HAVE HIM AROUND MY CHILD..AND NEVER ONCE DID I SEE HIM TREAT MY DAUGHTER WITH ANYTHING BUT LOVE AND COMFORT..MY CHILD LOVED HIM NOONE KNOWS THE TRUTH AND I HOPE THE PERSON THT DID DO IT WILL BE PUNISHED..!! GOD IS THE ONLY PERSON WHO SAYS IS GUILTY OR WHO ISNT...U ALL SAY HE NEEDS TO ROT IN HELL...OR HE NEEDS TO BE HUNG...WELL NOT ONE OF YOU ARE BETTER THAN HIM!! YOU DO NOT KNOW THE TRUTH SO QUIT ASSUMING U KNOW THE TRUTH..ALL U KNOW IS WHAT U HEARD ! THATS IT....I REALLY HOPE ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE SPOKE BAD ABOUT ANTHONY ANGEL TAKE A STEP BACK AND LOOK AT YOURSELVES..IT COULD HAPPEN TO ANYONE..EVEN YOU!!! I KNOW ANGEL AND I HAVE KNOWN HIM FOR MANY YEARS N WITH ALL MY HEART I KNOW HE COULDNT OF HURT HIS BABY!!
  • by Ashley Location: La Junta on Dec 2, 2011 at 08:57 AM
    I personally know the father very well and I don't believe that he killed the baby. I also know the mother and she has been to jail multiple times and has had her other child taken away before. Honestly, Anthony is a really gentle person. He is not the monster that everyone is making him out to be. I believe there is more to this story and it needs to be looked into more before everyone jumps to conclusions. The neighbor is right Anthony is a hard working good person (even if he doesn't look it) I hope that the truth is revealed no matter what it might be. If he did it then yes he deserves to be punished but if he didn't then it would be so wrong for everyone to be treating him this way and for him to pay for something he didn't do.
  • by Realist Location: Fountain on Dec 1, 2011 at 07:51 PM
    People kill me being so judgemental...Nobody knows who did what to this baby. The ONLY evidence they have is that the father was alone with the baby. I'm sure at a point the mom was alone with the baby as well. No where in this article does it say this baby was shook but everybody is assuming that's what happened. To me this man has a good case he just needs a good lawyer!! It's not like he lied about the baby hitting his head on the bus they actually have footage showing that! P.S. Why is the mom asking if the baby was shook...That's something to think about! He is innocent until proven guilty. Let God be his Judge first and the Courts second.
  • by D Location: CO on Dec 1, 2011 at 05:42 PM
    We can be so quick to judge, based on a bit of information and presumptions. If the facts hold then just punishment is warranted, BUT we must still hold to the precept of innocent until PROVEN guilty, not just charged.
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