Albuquerque mayor sets up anti-child abuse panel

February 28, 2014 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry has appointed a retired police commander and former Department of Public Safety deputy secretary to head a panel reviewing police policies on child abuse cases.

Marie “Sisi” [auth] Miranda was introduced to reporters Friday and says she will looks at all policies and technology in the wake of two high-profile deaths.

The department and state’s child-welfare agency faced criticism after an Albuquerque woman was charged in December with kicking her 9-year-old son to death. Reports later surfaced that the child had tried to report previous abuse and Albuquerque police were called to his home twice.

In addition, authorities arrested 19-year-old Elijah Fernandez recently on charges of child abuse resulting in death and aggravated criminal sexual penetration in connection with the death of a 4-month-old infant.

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