ALBUQUERQUE – Albuquerque police have charged three people in the death of a 10-year-old girl — a killing called “unspeakable” by the state’s governor.
Officer Tanner Tixier said in a news release Wednesday night that charges are being filed against 35-year-old Michelle Martens, 31-year-old Fabian Gonzales, and 31-year-old Jessica Kelley.
The release didn’t elaborate, but the Albuquerque Journal reported that Tixier said the child was injected with methamphetamine, sexually assaulted and then stabbed or strangled to death.
Her body was partially dismembered when police found her.
The paper described Martens as the child’s mother and Gonzales as the mother’s boyfriend.
The charges against the three include child abuse resulting in death, kidnapping and tampering with evidence. The boyfriend also is charged with criminal sexual penetration of a minor.
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says what happened to the little girl “is unspeakable and justice should come down like a hammer” on whoever is responsible.
Officers found the child after being sent to an apartment before dawn Wednesday, responding to a disturbance call.
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