Woman Facing Child Abuse Charges

Alamogordo – Authorities say an Alamogordo woman is facing child abuse charges after her infant daughter was found unconscious in her home.

Alamogordo Department of Public Safety officials say 26-year-old Samantha Noriega is jailed on a $50,000 bond at the Otero County Detention Center.

She's being held on suspicion of one count of first-degree child abuse resulting in great bodily harm.

The Alamogordo Daily News ( says DPS were called to Noriega's residence Friday about a child who wasn't breathing.

Authorities say the 8-month-old girl was transported to Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center, then airlifted to University Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, due to a brain hemorrhage.

Doctors and investigators say it appears the child was dropped multiple times, resulting in the head injuries.

It's unclear whether Noriega has a lawyer.


Information from: Alamogordo Daily News,

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