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The mother of a 5-year-old girl was among three people arrested in Colorado after the child died from drinking out of a methamphetamine water pipe, according to court records.

Stephanie Alvarado, Bertha Karina Ceballos-Romo, Daniel Alvarado.

The girl, Sophia Larson, drank from a water bottle in her mother’s Rifle home on the night of Dec. 10. After she said “yucky” and spat out the water, the adults present realized it was the bottle they had used as a water pipe when smoking methamphetamine earlier that day.

Though the child had extreme reactions over several hours, the adults did not call for medical help and instead tried home remedies and prayer.

Those arrested on Thursday were Sophia’s mother, Stephanie Alvarado, 26, and two of the mother’s cousins, Bertha Karina Ceballos-Romo, 28, and Daniel Alvarado, 27. They face charges of child abuse resulting in death, possession of a controlled substance and reckless endangerment, according to the Rifle police arrest warrant affidavit. The story was first reported by Fox31.

Garfield County Coroner Robert Glassmire told police that Sophia had a “very, very high” level of methamphetamine in her blood and her death was attributed to methamphetamine intoxication, the affidavit said.

The three suspects told police they had been smoking methamphetamine together that day after Stephanie Alvarado lost her job in a dental office because of failing a drug test. They continued smoking during the half-hour drive to pick Sophia up from her school in Glenwood Springs; they said they stopped using drugs when she got in the car.

All four returned to Stephanie Alvarado’s house in Rifle, a small city along Interstate 70 on the western slope of the Rockies.

Sophia reportedly went to bed around 10:30 p.m., but got up during the night to get a drink. She came across the bottle containing about an inch of water and began drinking, the affidavit said. Sophia said “yucky” and spat out what she hadn’t already swallowed, the affidavit said.

In the following hours, as the girl hallucinated, the adults tried to treat her by giving her milk, wrapping her up in a blanket, praying and reading the Bible, the affidavit said.

At some point, they took Sophia to a nearby apartment and gave her oxygen through a tube, the affidavit said.

Daniel Alvarado reportedly told Stephanie Alvarado that when his sister’s child accidentally took methamphetamine, they just “waited for him to calm down.”

At one point, according to the affidavit, Stephanie Alvarado said she didn’t want to take Sophia to the doctor because she would lose her in the child welfare system. Alvarado had been separated for more than a year from the girl’s father, and they shared physical custody.

One of the adults read a passage out of the Bible about “taking a spirit out of a possessed boy,” the affidavit said. While they prayed, Sophia stopped breathing, according to the affidavit. They drove her to Grand River Hospital, where Sophia was pronounced dead early Dec. 11, the affidavit said.

When police later searched the apartment, they found baggies filled with white powder, drug residue on a dollar bill, and pipes and bongs throughout the apartment.

The mother of a 5-year-old girl was among three people arrested in Colorado after the child died from drinking out of a methamphetamine water pipe, according to court records.