Police: Couple injected 10-year-old with meth before strangling her to death
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police are charging 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.
The paper described Martens as the child’s mother and Gonzales as the mother’s boyfriend.
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.
Police say officers found the girl’s dismembered body Wednesday morning after receiving a disturbance call at an Albuquerque apartment. The complaint says the girl’s body was in a bathtub, partially wrapped in a burning blanket.
Apartment complex resident John Madrid says he often saw the girl at the pool and that she was excited about the start of the new school year. He says residents are shocked by her death and hope the suspects face justice.