Roseville CA June 19 2012 The Placer County District Attorney’s Office has filed child abuse charges against a Roseville mother in connection with the death of her 2-year-old daughter after the coroner found the child had acute alcohol poisoning and malnutrition.
The DA’s Office announced today that Denise Marie McGrath Wilder, 37, is charged with cruelty to a child by abuse, neglect or endangering health, under circumstances likely to produce great bodily harm or death in connection with the death of her daughter McKinley Wilder. The complaint further alleges that Wilder personally inflicted great bodily injury upon a child under the age of 5.
Wilder also is charged with abuse or endangerment under circumstances likely to produce great bodily harm or death in connection with the abuse and neglect of another daughter, age 5.
Denise Wilder was initially arrested after Roseville Police and Fire Department personnel responded to a home on Diamond Oaks Road to a report of a child who was not breathing. First responders confirmed that the child, McKinley Wilder, was dead.
Police said Denise Wilder was the only adult present with the children and it was confirmed that she had sole custody and care of McKinley and her then 4-year-old sister over the previous two days. Because of the condition of McKinley’s body and the mother’s extreme intoxication, officers arrested Denise Wilder on suspicion of murder.
The Placer County Coroner’s Office conducted an autopsy but wasn’t able to immediately establish the cause of McKinley’s death. As a result, Denise Wilder was released from custody pending completion of the autopsy report, and results of toxicology and other tests.
She was re-arrested late Friday afternoon based on the completed coroner’s report, which determined that the child died due to acute alcohol toxicity and acute malnutrition. Although aspects of the case are still being investigated, the autopsy report and forensic testing provided adequate information to allow the District Attorney’s Office to determine appropriate charges in the case, according to a news release.
Wilder is being held in Placer County Jail without bail. Her next court date is Tuesday.