Pueblo mother speaks out against murder of her baby daughter

By: KOAA Email
By: KOAA Email

A mother is expressing her grief over the murder of her 9-month-old daughter.

The infant's body was found Friday in a Pueblo dumpster. The mother is in jail on unrelated drug charges and agreed to talk to KOAA.

Selena Olson, 23, is grieving inside the Pueblo County Jail. The question she and many others are asking: How could someone hurt an innocent baby?

"She was a very good baby that's why I don't understand how the monster could do this to her," said Olson, speaking to KOAA via video visitation at the jail.

Olson is still trying to cope with her daughter's suspicious death. "I don't get it, I don't understand how this could happen," said Olson.

Nine month old Lyana Perez was found dead in a dumpster behind Safeway on 29th and Elizabeth St. on Friday. Her cause of death is still under investigation.

Officers arrested the baby's 22-year-old cousin, Kevin Buehler. He faces a charge of child abuse resulting in death.

KOAA asked: "Why do you think Kevin's responsible?" Olson responded: "Because of his violent past."

According to court records, in 2007 it appears Buehler was charged with attempted murder, but pleaded down to menacing with a weapon, and third degree assault. He got probation and a 2-year deferred sentence.

Police say Lyana's parents, Selena Olson and Ted Perez were ruled out as suspects because Perez was in jail and Olson in a drug rehab center.

Because of her parent's problems, Lyana was taken by social services and ultimately went to live with her grandmother.

"Yeah there's a little bit of guilt on my behalf for being a drug addict but I took care of her I didn't do anything to lose her," said Olson.

Olson's so distraught, she's been placed on suicide watch at the jail. Her only focus now, seeking justice for whoever killed her daughter. "I hope he's judged in the end cause it's wrong, what he did to my baby. She was a very sweet little girl and she does not deserve to be like this," said Olson.

KOAA tried contacting Lyana's grandmother, Snowie Buehler. We couldn't find here, however she told the Denver Post she trusted Kevin Buehler and thought Lyana was safe in his hands.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday morning. Detectives say based on those findings, Buehler could face additional charges.


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