Las Cruces Woman Charged With Child Abuse; Battery Against Officer

Las Cruces – Las Cruces Police have charged the mother of a 6-year-old with child abuse after the girl showed up at school with visible bruise marks.

The 23-year-old mother, whose name is being withheld to protect the identity of her daughter, was arrested Thursday, March 3, and is charged with one third-degree felony count of intentional child abuse and one count of battery upon a peace officer, a fourth-degree felony.

Las Cruces Police investigators learned that the girl was absent from school on Tuesday, March 1, but did accompany her mother to a parent-teacher conference that evening. While at the parent-teacher conference, school officials noticed that the girl was visibly scared and appeared to have been crying.

The next day school officials noticed bruising to the student's earlobe and learned that the girl's mother had struck her for not cleaning her room. Officials at the school reported the girl's injuries to the Children, Youth and Families Department. LCPD was then called to investigate the alleged abuse.

While waiting to talk with investigators at the Las Cruces Police Department, the woman became volatile and threw two chairs before attempting to leave the station. She then spit toward the face of an LCPD officer who was attempting to calm her down.

The woman was arrested and subsequently transported to the Dona Ana County Detention Center with bond set at $15,000.