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11-month-old fighting for her life; child abuse charges filed

Meg Hilling
August 10, 2018 03:26 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- An 11-month-old baby is fighting for her life at Albuquerque’s UNM Hospital.

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According to the Farmington Police Department, Jeremiah Yazziee-Miller shook and banged Scarlet’s head.

Scarlet’s family is in disbelief.

"We went to go see her and that was the hardest thing we've ever had to do," Scarlet’s cousin, Colbersen Atole said.

Yazzie-Miller is Scarlet’s mother’s boyfriend, according to the family.

They say they feared something like this would happen. They even claim that they made multiple attempts to have Scarlet and her siblings removed from their mother’s care.

"We've been trying hard just recently, for the last two months. But we've been trying for years with this. It's an ongoing thing," Atole said.

From calling social services with the Jicarilla Apache tribe in Dulce to contacting Farmington police, the family wants to know how Scarlet fell through the cracks.

"We called the Farmington Police Department about three or four times, reporting that they were smoking meth and that there was people in and out of the house," Atole said.

To find justice for Scarlet and other children, the family has sent letters to Governor Martinez and other politicians to pass better child abuse laws.

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