Mom charged in child abuse case calls son’s death ‘accident’

Updated: 12/28/2013 10:17 PM | Created: 12/28/2013 10:15 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

38-year-old Synthia Varela-Casaus took one last shot at claiming innocence before she was booked for child abuse resulting in death Saturday.

“It was an accident,” Varela-Casaus said.

Police say she called 9-1-1 Friday claiming her 9-year-old fell off a toy horse and hit his head. But officers say what they found at the scene was chilling.

“They were just shocked and horrified at the brutality. Just horrible,” Albuquerque Police Department Officer Simon Drobik said.

Police say the boy was cold to the touch and after ten hours of investigation and interviews, officers came to the conclusion that Varela-Casaus caused his death.

“She had kicked the kid, he had fallen, hit his head on the furniture, and then hit his head again. Once he had fallen she had repeatedly kicked him,” Drobik said.

Varela-Casaus claims she was just trying to discipline him.

“For acting out and (mis)behaving with one of my other child,” Varela-Casaus said.

But a criminal complaint tells a different story.

Doctors say there were previous signs of abuse on the boy’s body, which included cigarette burns on his chest, upper lip and back and bruises on his back and above his genitals.

Police say they saw no signs of remorse from Varela-Casaus during the drive to jail.

“On the drive down here, the only concern she had was how much her bond would be,” Drobik said.

Her bond will be set by a judge.

She has two other children; the Children Youth and Families Department has taken them from the home.

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