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911 call made by 9-year-old months before death released

Updated: 02/05/2014 3:37 PM | Created: 02/05/2014 3:35 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The City of Albuquerque is taking action after police released a 911 call revealing abuse within an Albuquerque home.

The call was made months before police say a 9 year old boy was kicked to death by his mom. It gives an idea of what kind of abuse he endured in the home. The details are disturbing and difficult to listen to.

The call came in June 2013, six months before Omaree Varela died in his home on Comanche. In December, police say his mother, Synthia Varela-Casaus, kicked him – causing him to hit his head multiple times and killing him.

On the call from June, you hear:

“That's why I'm trying to teach you now that you're young. So you don't have to (expletive) be (expletive) growing up (expletive) struggling in life. You don't wanna learn do you? You want to (expletive) live a hard life like that. Don't you Omaree?”

During the call, you hear a man yelling at the boy, threatening to beat him after the child cries about injuries.

“It's not a (expletive) rugburn. //It's not a (expletive) bruise, either. That's not a bruise. This doesn't hurt, so don't act like it hurts.”

The man and woman tell the child he “needs to learn.” It’s not clear what they think he did wrong.

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

The call ends with the man and woman talking to each other.

“I know (expletive) I'm the one that (expletive) should be the bigger man and I can't, I'm trying, I can't.”

City of Albuquerque Chief Administrative Officer Rob Perry has placed two officers on administrative leave and has released a statement saying:

“There are many aspects of this call which are extremely troubling.  In consultation with the Mayor, I have directed that Chief Banks conduct an immediate and thorough internal affairs investigation in order to get to the bottom of this case as quickly as possible.  If it is determined by the internal affairs investigation that officers involved did not respond in accordance with proper procedures, swift action will be taken to hold those individuals accountable.”


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