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Officers named in child abuse death investigation

Updated: 02/05/2014 5:20 PM | Created: 02/05/2014 1:32 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com

KOB Eyewitness News 4 has learned the names of the two officers put on paid administrative leave in connection to a child abuse death investigation.

Albuquerque officers Gil Vigil and Scott McMurrough responded to a 911 call made from the home of Omaree Varela, the 9-year-old boy who police say was kicked to death by his mother. The call came in June 2013, six months before Omaree's death.

In the call, someone dialed 911 and let the dispatcher listen in for 20 minutes. A woman and man can be heard screaming racial slurs, expletives and threats at the child.

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

According to the dispatcher's report, officers Vigil and McMurrough were sent information about the 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."

APD will not comment on the case because it is now considered an internal investigation.

Omaree's mother, Synthia Varela-Casaus, has pleaded not guilty to several charges, including child abuse resulting in death. Police said she admitted to kicking Omaree, but said it was an accident.

Varela-Casaus is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center.

Albuquerque officers Scott McMurrough, left, and Gil Vigil responded to a 911 call made from the home of Omaree Varela, the 9-year-old boy who police say was kicked to death by his mother.

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