GUILTY NM - Leland Valdez, 3, beaten to death, Pojoaque, 26 Jan 2011

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  1. cluciano63

    cluciano63 Well-Known Member

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    Filly KICKING AND SHINING

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    "Nobody listened" little Leland's father told reporters.

    Oh this poor, poor little guy. He'd only been back in the mother's custody since Christmas. Dad missed a court date, but had no idea that the court was allowing momster to come take the kids. There's also a little girl.

    So much more at link including the grandparents having custody at one point.

    Momsters 20 year old boyfriend has anger issues but doesn't take it out on little kids. Just adults.

    Warning there's a photograph of this little doll with his face all bruised up.


    http://www.abqjournal.com/news/state/27234790811newsstate01-27-11.htm

    RIP little Leland. Poor baby.
     
  4. tlcya

    tlcya Well-Known Member

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    Poor little thing.
     
  5. Texas Mist

    Texas Mist Retired WS Staff

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    Fly with the angels, little Leland & live where you'll always be cared for.
     
  6. MorenoI

    MorenoI New Member

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    http://www.koat.com/r/27659681/detail.html

    "She loves her children. She’d never, never do anything to harm those kids,” Stewart said.

    Santa Fe County investigators paint a very different picture of the young mother and her boyfriend, Steven Gallegos. They said the 3-year-old was covered in bruises and suffering from devastating head trauma when he arrived at the hospital.

    There is also the question of prior abuse. CYFD had been told that the child may be in danger as far back as August 2010. Stewart said that if anything did happen, it wasn’t at the hands of her daughter.
     
  7. westsidefox64

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    Abused children run to the abusers. They want to make it better. This grandmother / mother is in denile. IMO
     
  8. MorenoI

    MorenoI New Member

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    Autopsy: Leland's death was homicide
    http://www.santafenewmexican.com/Local News/Autopsy-determines-boy-s-death-a-homicide

    The ruling of homicide as the manner of death confirms the findings of Santa Fe County Sheriff's investigators and prosecutors who say the boy was beaten to death by his mother, 22-year-old Tabetha Van Holtz, and her boyfriend, 20-year-old Steven Gallegos.

    Additional Links on story:

    http://www.santafenewmexican.com/Local News/-Leland-knew-love-

    http://www.santafenewmexican.com/Local News/DA--Abuse-long-before-boy-s-death

    http://www.santafenewmexican.com/Local News/Suit--Martinez-meddled-in-Leland-case

    Must be held accountable for their actions
    Snip:
    On April 1, CYFD notified Donald Gallegos that he was being suspended for 15 days. Gabrielle James, his supervisor, was informed she was being terminated.

    Sheriff Robert Garcia has acknowledged his office "dropped the ball" in its handling of the August allegations because Detective Donald Romero failed to forward his report to the district attorney's office until after Leland's death in January
     
  9. MorenoI

    MorenoI New Member

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    Bond reductions denied in Leland Valdez abuse case

    http://www.santafenewmexican.com/Local News/Judge-denies-bond-reduction

    SNIP:

    Awaiting trial for a child-abuse death she denies is not reason enough for Tabetha Van Holtz to give birth behind bars.

    "They absolutely don't believe Leland was abused the way everyone is saying he was," Marlowe said. "And his mother has told me she would not be paying for his defense if she wasn't 100 percent confident in his story. They (Van Holtz and Gallegos) just didn't do what they're being accused of doing."

    WOW

    Leland's biological father who reported abuse allegations in August and was arrested last month on domestic-abuse allegations himself, including a child-abuse charge.

    This poor child, never had a safe home to begin with :(
     
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  11. OkieGranny

    OkieGranny New Member Staff Member Forum Coordinators

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    From July 2014:

    http://www.abqjournal.com/433043/ne...years-in-child-abuse-death-of-3-year-old.html

    From November 2014:

    http://www.abqjournal.com/496058/news/jail-for-mom-in-death-of-3yearold-boy.html

     
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    Tulessa Well-Known Member

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