Created: 03/26/2014 7:02 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Eight Alamogordo children are in foster care after police found them living in deplorable conditions.
Their 26-year-old mother has been arrested for child abuse.
Now police are looking for the grandmother.
26-year-old Angel Baca has seven children.
Her 6-year-old son went to school with a bruise on his face, and police were called when the boy told the school nurse his mother abused him.
Police learned the boy and three other children were living at their grandmothers house, Ana Hurtado, and went to check it out.
Alamogordo Police Sergeant Roger Schoolcraft says officers immediately knew something was wrong.
“It was an overwhelming smell of feces both human and animal," said Schoolcraft.
Police say the home was without running water for at least three weeks.
“The house was un-kept, old food, detergents, poisonous cleaners left out were easily accessible to the children," said Schoolcraft.
Police found Baca at another home living with four other children.
All eight children are now in state custody.
Baca is behind bars for child abuse.
Police say Hurtado, the grandmother, is on the run.
She is wanted for four counts of child abuse.
If you know where she is, call the Alamogordo Police Department at 575-439-4300.