Updated: 02/07/2014 5:09 PM | Created: 02/07/2014 9:20 AM
New Mexico lawmakers have introduced a child abuse bill drafted in memory of a 9-year-old boy allegedly killed by his mother.
The measure requires the state's Children Youth and Families Department to immediately take kids into custody who show specific signs of abuse, including burns, multiple bruises and bite marks.
Also, parents with a history of drug abuse and neglect claims would have to complete counseling before getting their kids back.
Police reports show Omaree Varela had injuries, including bite marks, at the time of his death. CYFD has said there were no open cases on the family.