Pine Hill man pleads guilty to child abuse charge

March 11, 2014 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Pine Hill man has pleaded guilty to a federal child abuse charge in New Mexico.

Prosecutors say 32-year-old Harold Martinez entered [auth] his plea Tuesday.

He’s been in federal custody since his arrest last November. His sentencing hearing hasn’t been scheduled yet, but prosecutors say Martinez is facing up to three years in prison.

According to a criminal complaint, Martinez got into a physical confrontation with another Navajo man and stabbed him on June 11, 2013.

The victim got into his vehicle in an effort to get away. Authorities say Martinez rammed his vehicle into the victim’s vehicle several times.

Two young boys were in Martinez’s vehicle at the time and weren’t wearing seat belts.

Neither child was injured but Martinez was accused of endangering their lives or health.

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