Editor’s note

While it might not seem like it from reading headlines day-in, day-out, the heart of journalism beats with hope. It is with that hope that NMID offers this series in a spirit of both humility and gratitude.

Democratic State Rep. Javier Martinez believes New Mexico should spend more on home visiting programs

Home visiting reduces potential for child abuse, experts say

The state has significantly increased funding for home visiting since fiscal year 2011. Still, current spending falls short of the estimated need, and the budget proposal making its way through the current legislative session wouldn’t change that.

Gov. Susana Martinez

State offers child-care help for more than 1,000 children

More than 1,000 additional New Mexico children could receive government-funded child-care assistance if their parents or guardians ask for it. The state is paying for the extra child-care assistance using $400,000 from millions of dollars in unspent federal funds.

Effective home visiting programs

Experts agree home visiting programs are crucial to educate parents and reduce fatal child abuse and neglect. Some programs are more effective than others. PROTECTING CHILDREN
Read the other articles in this series:

Better educating parents can save children’s lives
Children killed in Southern New Mexico from 2001-2013
Better child-care options can help combat fatal child abuse 

This series is the result of an investigation by New Mexico In Depth and the Las Cruces Sun-News that included a review of hundreds of pages of police reports, prison records, autopsy findings and news reports. View the database of information from the 15 cases we examined. CORRECTION
In an earlier version of this series, we incorrectly listed 21-month-old Armando Wood among children who had died from abuse or neglect.

Children killed in Southern New Mexico from 2001-2013

New Mexico In Depth and the Sun-News reviewed the abuse and neglect deaths of 14 children in Doña Ana, Grant and Luna counties. PROTECTING CHILDREN
Read the other articles in this series:

Better educating parents can save children’s lives
Effective home visiting programs
Better child-care options can help combat fatal child abuse 

This series is the result of an investigation by New Mexico In Depth and the Las Cruces Sun-News that included a review of hundreds of pages of police reports, prison records, autopsy findings and news reports. View the database of information from the 15 cases we examined. CORRECTION
In an earlier version of this series, we incorrectly listed 21-month-old Armando Wood among children who had died from abuse or neglect. While relative George Trujillo was charged with child abuse resulting in Armando’s death, he pleaded no contest to a lesser charge – child abuse that didn’t cause death or great bodily harm to Armando.