Mother refuses to appear in court after death of infant

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Albuquerque police are investigating the death of a five-month-old baby. The baby’s mother is facing charges, and refused to appear in court Saturday.

On Friday, police were called to a home in northeast Albuquerque near Eubank and Constitution for an unresponsive child. 

The criminal complaint outlines what happened when officers arrived on scene. It turns out the grandfather of the child was the one who called the police in the first place.

According to the criminal complaint, Christina Bennett showed up at her parent’s house saying her daughter was dead. Her father called the police and her mother tried to take the baby away from Christina, but she refused to let anyone else hold her.

When police arrived, they detained Christina for an outstanding felony warrant for child abuse charges.

Police say while she was in custody she kicked officers, resisted arrest, and was not cooperative with the investigation.

Christina Bennett now faces additional charges of battery on a police officer. She has not appeared in court yet.