March 5, 2014
Accidental death of child in Watkins
On February 26, 2014, at 5:44 p.m. the Meeker County
Sheriff's Office received a 911 call reporting an
unresponsive 4-year-old child at 270 Meeker Avenue,
South, Watkins. Anca Altenburg, the mother, reported
that she found her daughter, Brianna Altenburg, wedged
between her bed and the wall. Brianna had gone to her
upstairs bedroom to play and when Anca went to check on
Brianna, approximately 20 minutes later,
she found her unresponsive.
The bed was a manufactured bed that was raised
approximately 45" high (loft style bed) with cubicles
and drawers beneath the mattress.
The victim was transported to the Meeker Memorial Hospital.
Hospital personnel attempted to revive the child but were unsuccessful.
Sheriff's Deputies, Watkins Ambulance, and Eden Valley
Police Department responded to this incident. This case
is under investigation by the Meeker County Sheriff's Office
and the Medical Examiner's Office.