Updated: 04/30/2014 2:38 PM |
Created: 04/29/2014 5:18 PM
By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News 4
The mother of Brandon Villalobos, a 15-year-old boy accused of murdering his 12-year-old friend, appeared in court on Wednesday.
Authorities say Loretta Villalobos is partially responsible for Alex Madrid's murder. She was arrested Tuesday night.
In Valencia County court, a judge set Villalobos' bond at $50,000 cash only. Her preliminary hearing will be set within the next ten days.
After news of the arrest broke Tuesday, Madrid's aunt Rosa -- who did not want her last name used -- talked to KOB Eyewitness News 4 about her nephew's murder, and the new charges against the accused killer's mom.
"Why didn't she say something?" asked Rosa. "We're all taking it really hard. We're kind of shocked still."
She said her family is now faced with even more heartache now that investigators believe Loretta Villalobos knew her 15-year-old son Brandon was violent and dangerous, but didn't do anything about it.
Brandon Villalobos is accused of killing 12-year-old Alex Madrid in February.
Madrid's body was discovered under a mattress in a Meadowlake field. All that remains there now is a small memorial made by Aunt Rosa and other family.
"Negligent Child abuse resulting in death," said Valencia County District Attorney Lemuel Martinez, explaining the charges.
Martinez says theres enough evidence to charge Loretta Villalobos with felony child abuse in connection to Madrid's murder because police say she knew her son posed a danger to those around him, including Madrid.
"It's based on the totality of the acts; those that occurred before the incident, during the incident, as well as after," said Martinez.
According to court records filed by DA Martinez, Loretta Villalobos knew a lot about the violence her son was capable of:
According to a criminal complaint, she admitted to investigators she knew Brandon had violent tendencies.
She also told deputies she believed Brandon needed to be supervised at all times, but admitted to letting him be alone with Madrid when she knew they were vandalizing abandoned properties.
Investigators also say she admitted Brandon was violent, destroyed property, and acted out physically with his family, and said when Brandon refused to listen, it was easier to let him, "Do what he wanted."
"It could have been prevented if she would have let the people know and say what was going on with her son and everything, but she didn't," said Madrid's aunt Rosa.
For her, the small memorial in the Meadow Lake field where Alex was found is all that remains of a boy she still half-expects to come walking up the driveway.
The chance someone could have prevented his death makes it that much more difficult.
"We're waiting for him to see if he's here, and he's not," she said.
Alex Madrid's mother also spoke to KOB on Tuesday -- she didn't want to go on camera.
She says she is glad Loretta Villalobos is being charged in connection to her son's murder.