Couple accused of abusing three children
August 15, 2018 02:08 PM
UPDATE: A judge has denied the prosecution's motion to keep Amalia Lopez and Christopher Hernandez in jail until trial. They were both given conditions of release that include no contact with the victim. Lopez and Hernandez will be arraigned on August 17 on multiple child abuse charges.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Amalia Lopez and her boyfriend Chris Hernandez are both charged with child abuse, false imprisonment, and conspiracy to commit child abuse.
On Wednesday, a judge granted the state’s motion to hold the pair without bond pending a separate detention hearing.
The couple is accused of beating and then choking Lopez’s 17-year-old son for using his cell phone at night.
According to police, the couple saw him using the phone through a surveillance camera inside of his bedroom which he says was installed after he got caught sneaking out.
Police say the 17-year-old then walked 19 miles to a friend’s house in Rio Rancho. Eventually, he told police his mother and Hernandez were also abusive to his 13-year-old sister and 11-year-old brother.
According to police, the abuse allegedly occurred on the 2300 block of Headingly Ave. in Albuquerque.
When asked by police, Lopez said she took her son’s cell phone because he was looking at porn and Nazi-related articles.
According to this 8-page criminal complaint, Hernandez would make the boys do strip searches to make sure they weren’t hiding anything.
Investigators with CYFD already looked into the family earlier this year when the 17-year-old was accused of raping his sister. That incident is being investigated by the Rio Rancho Investigative Unit.
When officers went back to the house after getting a warrant, they said it smelled like cat urine and sewer water, according to the complaint. Court documents also say police found marijuana and drug paraphernalia at the home.
The kids also accused the parents of forcing them to use the bathroom with the door open and said Hernandez would try and fighting ‘imaginary people’ when he was drunk.
The children were taken into state custody.
The couple’s next court date will take place on or before August 1.
Updated: August 15, 2018 02:08 PM
Created: July 18, 2018 08:00 PM
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