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.
A ranch for troubled youth in Sierra County is facing allegations of shackling children at their ankles and abuse. Recent lawsuits and other developments raise a question: Why didn’t the state require the ranch to be licensed and subject to oversight years ago?
The audit the state used to justify suspending Medicaid payments to an Alamogordo health center last year appears to have included mistakenly flagged claims, according to the state Attorney General’s Office.
We already know the state attorney general is investigating allegations of fraud against 15 health organizations in New Mexico. Emails show the state’s Human Services Department also kept in regular contact with the U.S. Attorney’s Office about the allegations.