Created: 01/30/2014 8:53 AM
By: The Associated Press
ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas says a criminal child abuse case against a former state worker apparently fell between the cracks.
The 2012 criminal case involved 31-year-old Eddie Aragon Jr. He's among current and former state workers named as defendants in a civil suit alleging that Las Cruces youths were abused at a state-run juvenile facility in Albuquerque.
The District Attorney's Office in Albuquerque says the case had to be closed because State Police didn't respond to multiple requests by prosecutors for additional documentation.
Kassetas says he didn't know the case was dismissed until his agency received inquiries from the Albuquerque Journal.
The case is now being reopened.
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