Omaree's stepfather arraigned on child abuse charges

Updated: 05/09/2014 3:17 PM | Created: 05/09/2014 11:41 AM
By: The Associated Press

An Albuquerque man has pleaded not guilty in the blunt-trauma death of his 9-year-old stepson.           

Steve Casaus entered the plea Friday when he was arraigned on charges that include child abuse resulting in death.      

Omaree Varela was found dead in the family home in December.           

An autopsy report said he had injuries over much of his body, including severe internal bleeding, bruising, scrapes and swelling of the brain.     

The boy's mother, Synthia Varela-Casaus, also is charged in the case. She also has pleaded not guilty.    

Police say Casaus was present the night Omaree was killed.

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