|Forsythia Eliese Owen|
By Ryan Budnick, Jaclyn Allen and Phil Tenser
ENGLEWOOD - An Englewood woman is accused of using a baseball bat to kill a man who she suspected of sexually assaulting a child.
Court records show that Forsythia Eliese Owen, 30, is accused of committing the murder on September 22.
Englewood police identified the murder victim as _____, 42. Officers found him in an alley between the 3600 block of S. Sherman and S. Grant Streets at 1:11 a.m. Sunday.
According to an affidavit obtained by 7NEWS, Owen confessed to officers in the Englewood Police Department's recorded interview room. She told the officers that the child, whose name is redacted from the document, said _____ "had touched and sexually abused her."
The officers asked if Owen was responsible for _____'s death.
"Owen stood up and said she killed him," the affidavit says. "Owen swung her hands back and forth and demonstrated how she struck _____ over and over again because of what he did to [name redacted]."
_____ suffered lacerations to his head and a skull fracture. Both arms, six ribs and his left hand were broken. His liver was also lacerated.
After describing the beating, the affidavit says Owen said, "I need a lawyer, or I should have just said this with a lawyer."
She continued to talk to the officers, however. She explained that she had learned _____ slept in the alley and approached him with the baseball bat while he slumbered. She described where she hit _____ and said he was still breathing when she left him in the alley.
_____ was taken to Swedish Medical Center, where police say he later died of injuries caused by blunt force trauma.
The affidavit also shows officers interviewed a man Owen visited on the day of _____'s death. The man said Owen told him _____ and another man had done something to the child.
Owen appeared in court on Tuesday for an advisement hearing and is scheduled to return to court on Sept. 27. She is being held in the Arapahoe County Detention Facility.
18th District Attorney spokeswoman Lisa Pinto said that Owen and _____ were acquainted.
Owen's record in the Colorado Bureau of Investigation database shows she was found guilty of assault involving a drugged victim in 2002 after two other assault charges were dropped by the DA. She was also arrested for a 2004 probation violation.
_____'s record includes drug and alcohol-related charges.