Birthday card could spell trouble for child abuse suspects | KOB 4

Birthday card could spell trouble for child abuse suspects

Marian Camacho
July 06, 2018 08:43 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The parents accused in a horrific case of child abuse are back in the center of controversy again, this time due to a birthday card.


The state has filed a motion for violations of conditions of release in the case of Teri Sanchez and James Stewart. Court documents show the District Attorney's Office received a voicemail from an unidentified caller saying that Sanchez's attorney, Douglas Wilber, had attempted to give Sanchez a birthday card from Stewart.

In the voicemail, the tipster stated that transport officers would not allow Wilber to give Sanchez the card, so he read it to her and then "explained what the message meant. I guess the co-Defendant's gonna take care of everything for her or whatever."

Per the conditions of release, Sanchez and Stewart are not allowed to have any contact.

In May, a judge ordered the couple to remain in custody pending trial finding that "Defendant Sanchez is very vulnerable to manipulation and coercion."

KOB will be in the courtroom Friday for the motion hearing and will update this story as new details come in.


Marian Camacho

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