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Mother and boyfriend accused of murder in 5-year-old’s death headed to trial

Matthew Urias and Brianne Escamilla
Matthew Urias and Brianne Escamilla

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- A Colorado Springs woman and her boyfriend who are accused of murder and child abuse in the death of the woman's five-year-old daughter are headed to trial.

Brianne Escamilla, 27, and her boyfriend, 26-year-old Matthew Urias, were charged with murder in the 1st degree for the death of Emily Canales. They were both also charged with two counts of child abuse.

The 4th Judicial DA announced Friday that the court has found probable cause to take both Urias and Escamilla to trial on the charges of murder in the first degree/child abuse resulting in death.

Both Escamilla and Urias will be held without bond. Their next scheduled court appearance is an arrangement on Nov. 1.

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On January 13, 2022, officers with the Colorado Springs Police Department responded to an "urgent request for assistance." Firefighters were attempting life-saving measures on a young girl, later identified as Emily Canales.

According to police, Emily succumbed to her injuries at a hospital. Months later following an autopsy, the El Paso County Coroner's Office ruled her death a homicide. The cause was listed as "multiple blunt force injuries."

During the initial January call, Colorado Springs firefighters and police noticed substantial bruising along the 5-year-old's rib cage, forehead, and various bruises throughout her body. It was also noted that Emily's hair was shaved and resembled a buzz cut.

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