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Mother Admits Repeatedly Kicking Boy Who Died
A New Mexico mother is facing child abuse charges after admitting to police that she kicked her nine-year-old son who later died.
The woman initially reported that the boy hit his head after falling from a toy horse.
Officer Simon Drobik said police were called to a home in the city's northeast heights on Friday night after getting a 911 call from the mother, 38-year-old Synthia Varela-Casaus.
She first told police that the nine-year-old was arguing with her three-year-old while playing on the toy horse when he hit his head, Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Daren DeAguero said.
The mother said she tried to help him and put him in the shower to try to make him more alert, but he was unconscious when police arrived,he said.
The boy was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Medical personnel found multiple injuries on the boy's body and the mother later told detectives she kicked the boy in the stomach during an argument, causing him to hit his head, Officer Drobik said.
The mother told detectives she had repeatedly kicked the boy while he was on the floor.
Varela-Casaus was being booked on Saturday morning into the Metropolitan Detention Center on a charge of child abuse resulting in great bodily harm or death.
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