911 call shows officers were aware of abuse before child's death

Updated: 02/04/2014 10:10 PM | Created: 02/04/2014 5:19 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A computer aided dispatch report shows Albuquerque police officers did have some information about a disturbing 911 call before they arrived at the home in question.

The call came in June 2013, six months before police say nine-year-old Omaree Varela was killed at his home on Comanche. In the June call, someone dialed 911 and let the dispatcher listen in for twenty minutes.

"You don't wanna (expletive) learn do you? You want to live your whole life like that. Don't you Omaree?" a man said on the tape.

You hear a man and woman screaming at Omaree. It includes racial slurs, expletives in almost every sentence, and threats to beat him.

“You want me to be your dad. (Expletive) you, I ain't going to be expletive to you,” the man says.

The CAD report confirms officers were sent information about adults being severely verbally abusive before they arrived to the home. They got a  message that a female told the child to stop crying because his bruise shouldn’t hurt that bad.

The report shows officers were there for two hours and it ends with both of them coding in “all safe.”

Because this is now an internal investigation, APD will not comment on the case. The two officers involved have been put on paid leave.

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