Child abuse trial opens

March 12, 2013 • Local News

Tuesday saw the first day of the jury trial of State of New Mexico versus Steffanie Kautz, 30, who is charged with abuse of a child resulting in death and abuse of a child without death or great bodily harm. The charges stem from an incident that occurred on May 3, 2011, in the 1200 block of West Hobbs Street, where Kautz was taking care of 14-year-old Breanna (Pooh) Bodge, who subsequently died in her care.

During opening arguments, Assistant District Attorney Matthew Stone reported that Bodge was a diabetic who became ill while staying with Kautz in Roswell. Bodge’s father Michael was working in Artesia. “Steffanie called several people, but she never called 911.”

He said that the father received a phone call from Steffanie early in the morning of May 3, telling him that Breanna was dead. Bodge returned to Roswell and found Kautz asleep next to Breanna’s body.

In her opening statement, defense attorney Anna Marie Bell Login to read more

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