ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Attorney General Gary King is criticizing Gov. Susana Martinez over the state’s response to the death of an Albuquerque boy who police say was repeatedly kicked by his mother.
King is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor. He contends caseloads at the Children, Youth and Families Department have risen to unmanageable levels and the state’s shirking of responsibility in the case of 9-year-old Omaree Varela is calloused.
State officials say there were no open cases involving Varela’s family at the time of his death.
Martinez was a prosecutor for 25 years before becoming governor. Her spokesman says she specialized in prosecuting child abuse and child homicide cases and has dedicated her professional life to protecting children.
Martinez’s administration has hired more than 300 social workers in the past three years.