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In 1999, 555 children died nationwide, while living in foster care. (Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) FY 2006)

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New Mexico CPS News Archive

The New Mexico news section is your source for the latest in family rights news items, CPS reform efforts, open court demands, abolition of confidentiality laws that judges hide behind, foster care deaths and issues, legal cases and more... Please Email Kidjacked with news and information from the state of New Mexico and I will include it here in our coverage.

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New Mexico News Coverage

by Mary Hudetz

The women in the old two-story house fell silent as a mother in the group recalled the toughest chapters of a life measured in prison terms and heartache.

Susan Hylton counts more than two dozen convictions on her record, most of them drug related. Her first run-ins with police began when she was 13. A runaway, she preferred life and hard drugs on the streets, she said, to sexual abuse she faced at home in El Paso, Texas. But her escape route led to more trauma: nearly a year in a sex trafficking ring as a minor.

July 7, 2017

by Rick Nathanson

Reportings of suspected child abuse and neglect have ticked up nearly 20 percent in the wake of last month's brutal killing of 10-year-old Victoria Martens and a campaign by the state.

If the calls about abuse or neglect involve a parent, guardian or someone in the household, it is screened in for investigation by CYFD; if the call involves someone outside the household, such as a coach, teacher or neighbor, then CYFD cross-reports the call to local law enforcement for investigation, Jacobson said.

September 20, 2016

by Dan Boyd | Capitol Bureau Chief

House-approved bills calling for longer mandatory prison sentences for repeat DWI offenders and expanded child abuse penalties stalled today in a Senate committee.

While the bills could be brought back up for debate in the coming days, today's tie votes in the Senate Public Affairs Committee decreases their odds of final passage. That's because the bills would have to clear the committee, and other assigned committees, and then gain approval on the Senate floor before lawmakers adjourn on Thursday.

February 14, 2016

Four current and former inmates at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center testified last week at a federal court hearing in Albuquerque that the jail continues to provide negligent medical care.

The Nov. 24 hearing was held to determine whether the judge should appoint a doctor to independently oversee medical services at the detention center. The detention center and hospital have denied claims of medical negligence, and Ron Childress, the attorney representing San Juan County and its detention center, has argued the jail does not need such oversight.

December 5, 2015

by The Washington Times Http://www.Washingtontimes.Com

Farmington education officials have updated policies regarding vaccination and immunization in compliance with new state requirements.

The New Mexico Department of Health issued a call in July for school districts to follow state statutes following a nationwide measles outbreak. Farmington school board policy also will allow for the district to dis-enroll students who are not immunized on Dec. 1.

October 12, 2015

by Steve Terrell

Lawrence Rael was the first Democratic gubernatorial candidate to start advertising on television late last month. But it wasn't until this week that he ran an ad critical of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

It's true that many Democrats and several Republicans have criticized Martinez over the way the contract with The Downs at Albuquerque at Expo New Mexico was handled in 2011, and some have said the FBI is looking into it - which the administration vehemently denies. But no charges have been filed.

May 14, 2014

by Koat

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -A bill signed by Gov. Susana Martinez waives college tuition for foster children. Skyler Ford, 18, says the decision will change her life. The high school senior recently aged out of the foster system.

Similar to measures in 21 other states, former foster kids here in New Mexico will now be able to attend any public institution in the state for free. The director of New Mexico's Child Advocacy Networks doesn't expect a flood of students to enter into New Mexico's universities.

March 12, 2014

Gov. Susana Martinez is continuing her push to find permanent homes for New Mexico children who are waiting to be adopted.

As of July, there were more than 1,800 New Mexican children in foster care. Currently, 71 are available for adoption, but three-quarters of them still don't have any prospects for permanent homes.

August 11, 2013

by Marc Courtenay

Frankly, I seldom shop WFM. The main reason is because there's a locally owned and operated business in my community that sells only natural and organic food and other supplies.

NGVC was built on the premise that consumers should have access to affordable, high-quality foods and dietary supplements, with nutritional guidance to help them support their own health. The family-run store has grown into a successful national chain with locations across Colorado, Texas, Utah, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Missouri, New Mexico, Montana, Kansas, Idaho, Nebraska, Arizona and Oregon. Altogether, the company has 1,800 employees.

April 8, 2013

by Jason Howerton

Mexican lawmakers will ask the U.S. Senate to create a registry of all commercialized firearms in border states, which includes California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. Mexico says it will make it easier to trace guns used in violent attacks.

The measure was reportedly approved on January 9 by Mexico's Permanent Commission, a government entity that meets when Mexico's Senate and the Chamber of Deputies is in recess. Gun owners in Arizona are calling the proposal "foolish" and an "invasion of privacy."

February 18, 2013

by Lee Enterprises

The son of a New Mexico woman accused of locking an 8-year-old girl with developmental disabilities in a wooden cage said he offered to stay with the girl while the rest of the household went out to a movie, authorities said.

Officers later discovered a large homemade wooden cage in the corner of a bedroom with the girl inside. The cage had two latches on the door, a baby crib's mattress inside and was about 2 1/2 feet wide and 4 feet tall, police said. Another child told police that the girl was usually placed in the cage when she misbehaved, the complaint said.

February 1, 2013

by Eric Fincher

Like something out of a National Geographic documentary, a mountain lion causally trots across U.S. Highway 64 in Cimarron Canyon State Park. The majestic animal ducks under a guardrail on the opposite side of the highway and disappears into the dense und

Although spotted only occasionally, mountain lions live in the Moreno Valley area and sometimes show up in populated places. Chris Neary, chief of the New Mexico Game and Fish Department's Northeast Region, said there are mountain lions throughout the country.

November 11, 2012

A New Mexico policeman Tasered a 10-year-old child on a playground because the boy refused to clean his patrol car, the boy claims in court.

Guardian ad litem Rachel Higgins sued the New Mexico Department of Public Safety and Motor Transportation Police Officer Chris Webb on behalf of the child, in Santa Fe County Court. Higgins claims Webb used his Taser on the boy, R.D., during a May 4 "career day" visit to Tularosa New Mexico Intermediate School. "Defendant Webb asked the boy, R.D., in a group of boys, who would like to clean his patrol unit," the complaint states. "A number of boys said that they would. R.D., joking, said that he did not want to clean the patrol unit. "Defendant Webb responded by pointing his Taser at R.D. and saying, 'Let me show you what happens to people who do not listen to the police.'"

October 30, 2012

by Alex Maxwell

FARMINGTON - Andrea Bailey-Kai was a single mother of two and a full-time law enforcement officer five years ago. Now, she is the full-time parent of eight and has cared for more than 22 children.

Of the 22 kids she fostered, Bailey-Kai has adopted six. There are challenges but fostering is worth it, she said. More than 2,000 children throughout New Mexico are in state care. In San Juan County alone, about 100 children are in foster homes and shelters. If not enough foster homes are available, children are sent to shelters.

July 28, 2012

SANTA FE - Gov. Susana Martinez's administration has appointed a National Park ranger as New Mexico's historic preservation officer.

The Cultural Affairs Department says Jeff Pappas will serve as director of the department's Historic Preservation Division, which maintains a state register of cultural properties. The preservation officer also reviews nominations for properties proposed for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

July 26, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Nearly $25 million has already been spent to prepare for the immediate aftermath of this year's wildfires, putting the U.S. Forest Service on track for another possible record year of spending on burned-area recovery efforts.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Nearly $25 million has already been spent to prepare for the immediate aftermath of this year's wildfires, putting the U.S. Forest Service on track for another possible record year of spending on burned-area recovery efforts.

July 15, 2012

by Martha Rosenberg

Three years ago, Mirko and Regina Ceska of Crawfordville, FLA told former Gov. Charlie Crist their two adopted 12-year-olds had been prescribed 11 pills a day, including the powerful antipsychotic Seroquel, reported the Tampa Bay Times.

Three years ago, Mirko and Regina Ceska of Crawfordville, FLA told former Gov. Charlie Crist their two adopted 12-year-olds had been prescribed 11 pills a day, including the powerful antipsychotic Seroquel, reported the Tampa Bay Times.

June 29, 2012

by Jeri Clausing

A 13-year-old was handcuffed and hauled off to a juvenile detention for burping in class, according to a lawsuit filed against an Albuquerque school principal, a teacher and city police officer.

The boy was transported without his parents being notified in May after he "burped audibly" in PE class and his teacher called a school resource officer to complain he was disrupting her class. The lawsuit also details a separate Nov. 8 incident when the same student was forced to strip down to his underwear while five adults watched as he was accused of selling pot to another student; the boy was never charged.

CNS News

December 1, 2011

by Ashley Meeks

LAS CRUCES - The couple whose pit bulls fatally mauled a Truth or Consequences woman on Easter were jailed Tuesday after two Child Protective Services employees came forward with information about the dogs' aggressive temperament.

John Hardiman, 40, and his wife, 32-year-old Maria Angelica "Angie" Hardiman face charges of conspiracy and four felony counts of violating the New Mexico Dangerous Dog Act, according to court documents. They are being held on $15,000 bonds at the Sierra County detention center, according to documents filed in court Tuesday. The new information came from two Children, Youth and Families Department employees who had seen the dogs and heard about their upbringing during supervised visits between Angie Hardiman and her daughter, who is in CYFD custody, court documents state.

Silver City Sun-News

October 19, 2011

by Mark Huffman

It's been talked about for years. Congress could make it a law. You would not be able to start your car if you've consumed too much alcohol.

Two members of the U.S. Senate, one a Democrat and the other a Republican, have take a step, sponsoring the ROADS SAFE Act, which would authorize $12 a year for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to develop technology that would prevent an intoxicated person from driving a vehicle.

March 12, 2011

by Ginnie Graham

Oklahoma has been as resistant as any state that Children's Rights has sued over child welfare concerns, the group's founder says.

Children's Rights began as a project of the New York Civil Liberties Union and later the American Civil Liberties Union. It became an independent nonprofit in 1995. The group has filed lawsuits against child welfare systems in Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Washington, D.C.

Tulsa World

April 28, 2010

by William Grigg

... with a domestic problem, unless your intention is for potentially fatal harm to come to you or the relative with whom you're having trouble.

A 14-year-old girl from Tucumcari, New Mexico wound up in the hospital with a Taser dart embedded in her skull after her mother, Stacy Akin, took her to the police department because the two of them had been fighting, reports the Portales News-Tribune.

The LRC Blog

July 4, 2009

by Tracy Dingmann

What kind of a place is this, where a mother kills her child and buries him in a park - in a public playground where other children go to play?

People who live in cities and neighborhoods take certain crimes very personally. They don't like to think that certain crimes happen in their town.

The New Mexico Independent

May 28, 2009

by G. Jeff Golden

The Bloomfield school board vote unanimously Tuesday night to close the school that was at the center of a religious curriculum controversy earlier this year.

The school was funded and operated by the Bloomfield School District and was located on the campus of Naaba Ani Elementary School. It drew the ire of the Public Education Department in February when officials discovered the school was using materials from A Beka Academy.

Farmington Daily Times

May 13, 2009

by Elisheva Hannah Levin

What happens when a government agency is allowed to operate outside the Rule of Law?

In all states that I am aware of, various versions of New Mexico's Children, Youth and Families Department operate outside the Rule of Law. That is they may make whatever accusations they please or accept anonymous accusations of child abuse, and act on them by invading the sanctity of the people's homes and remove children, all without being required to follow the normal constitutional procedures that protect the rights of the accused.

Ragamuffin Studies

July 10, 2008

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by Annette Hall

Most states have safe haven laws on the books, permitting a new parent to drop off an infant at a local fire department or hospital without repercussions. This is a laudable service that I am certain has had a positive impact on more than one infants life over the years.


May 15, 2010

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