Funeral planned for 14-month-old Montrose murder victim

MONTROSE, Colo. (KKCO) - A 14–month–old girl police say was beaten to death by her mother's boyfriend will be laid to rest Monday.

A memorial service for Hailey Rocha will be held at Montrose Valley Funeral Home at 11 a.m.

Hailey's family tells 11 News the tiny girl had just learned to walk and always carried her favorite blankets around. They say she could bring a smile to anyone's face, "Hailey was a big importance to our whole family. She lived with my sister. She was my sister's baby. My sister loved her dearly. Our family loved her dearly. She'll be greatly missed," says Hailey's uncle, Daniel Rocha.

Hailey's family has set up a memorial fund in her name. Donations came be made at the Wells Fargo Bank in Montrose.

Twenty-three-year-old Daniel Ryan has been arrested by Montrose Police on charges of second degree murder and child abuse resulting in death.

The DA has yet to officially charge him and he'll be back in court Wednesday.

The coroner says Hailey died from multiple traumatic injuries.

Police say Ryan brought Hailey to the Taco Bell on South Townsend Sept. 11 where Hailey's mother works. Officials say an EMT who happened to be at the restaurant noticed Hailey wasn't breathing and started CPR.

She was taken to Montrose Memorial Hospital and pronounced dead.

Ryan's bond is set at $500,000.

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