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Mother accused of kicking child to death

Updated: 12/29/2013 8:04 PM | Created: 12/29/2013 7:43 PM
By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News 4 and KOB.com Staff

An Albuquerque mother, who is accused of killing her 9-year-old son, faced a judge on Sunday.

Synthia Varela-Casaus faces charges of child abuse resulting in death.

According to a police report, Varela-Casaus told Albuquerque Police officers that she has an on-going case with CYFD.

The police report also states that officers investigated and found out that the deceased 9-year-old boy had previously reported abuse.

Because the cases involve a minor, it is very difficult to get details about the past cases of abuse involving Varela-Casaus.

But the criminal complaint from Friday’s death of her son paints a picture of an abusive history.

Varela-Casaus told officers she kicked her 9-year-old son repeatedly in the stomach.

Other children in the home told officers they could not talk about what happened because they would get spanked like their brother.

Varela-Casaus is behind bars on a $100,000 cash only bond.

She argued with the judge in court to lower her bond.

"The allegations in the criminal complaint are very serious,” the judge said. “At this time the court is only comfortable with a 100-thousand dollar cash only bond ma'am.”

KOB Eyewitness News 4 asked CYFD why the 9-year-old was back in the house if there was an open case with the agency.

KOB 4 was told that CYFD cannot comment on the specifics of the case, but they tell KOB that they rely on law enforcement to make custody decisions about minors.

APD says that police do have authority to place children in CYFD custody, but says follow up investigations are CYFD’s responsibility.


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