Dad, stepmom charged in NM girl’s beating

October 9, 2012 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a 4-year-old girl has died after being beaten to death.

KOB-TV reports ( that the girl’s father and her stepmother were charged Monday in her death. [auth] The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department says Anthony Chavez and Gayla Hernandez were charged with child abuse, child abuse with great bodily harm and conspiracy in the beating death of the child, identified only as “R.S.”

According to a criminal complaint, the girl died Sunday from a brain herniation from possible head trauma.

The child also had numerous bruises and scratches on her body, in various stages of healing.

Deputies say the girl was apparently with the couple in an Albuquerque apartment.

It was unclear if the couple had hired attorneys.

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