Police say child who died was abused in the past

December 30, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s child welfare agency had an Albuquerque family on its radar because of child abuse allegations before a 9-year-old boy was found dead at their home Friday, investigators say.

Police said the boy had suffered multiple current and past injuries, including cigarette burns to his body, The Albuquerque Journal reported (

The boy’s mother, Synthia Varela-Casaus, 38, is facing child abuse charges in his death.

A criminal complaint filed against Varela-Casaus says she initially didn’t ask about her son’s condition or seem upset during a police interview but she eventually said she kicked the boy in the stomach and he fell, hitting his head on the dresser and then again on the floor. The complaint said she then kicked Login to read more

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