The Latest: New Mexico governor: Girl death worst she’s seen


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the gruesome killing of a 10-year-old girl from Albuquerque, New Mexico (all times local):

11:45 a.m.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says the killing of a 10-year-old girl who was raped and dismembered this week is the worst case of violence she’s ever encountered.

Martinez was a prosecutor for 25 years before becoming governor and says she took on many gut-wrenching cases. She said Friday nothing compares to the killing of Victoria Martens.

The girl’s remains were found Wednesday wrapped in a blanket set on fire in an apartment bathroom by police responding to a disturbance report.

The girl’s mother, 35-year-old Michelle Martens, told police her boyfriend Fabian Gonzales injected Victoria with methamphetamine and raped her with the help of his cousin, Jessica Kelley. All are charged in the girl’s death.

Martinez called the girl’s killers “monsters” and said she hoped “justice will come down on them like a hammer.”

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11:15 a.m.

A New Mexico woman facing charges in the killing of a 10-year-old girl who was dismembered has been released from a hospital and taken to jail.

Authorities took 31-year-old Jessica Kelley to Albuquerque’s Metropolitan Detention Center Friday following her hospitalization for unspecified reasons.

The remains of Victoria Martens were found wrapped in a blanket set on fire in an apartment bathroom by police responding to a disturbance report Wednesday morning.

The girl’s mother, 35-year-old Michelle Martens, told police her boyfriend Fabian Gonzales injected Victoria with methamphetamine and raped her with Kelley’s assistance.

Michelle Martens and Gonzales are being held for lack of $1 million bail each.

Gonzales has denied wrongdoing. Martens didn’t comment when asked by reporters. It’s unclear whether Kelley has a lawyer.

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10:30 a.m.

A New Mexico official says a man arrested in the killing of a 10-year-old Albuquerque girl was supposed to be on supervised probation from an unrelated case but wasn’t being monitored by probation officers.

Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV (goo.gl/03ue50) reports officials are investigating how 31-year-old Fabian Gonzales slipped through the cracks.

KRQE-TV says Gonzales pleaded no contest in 2015 to two misdemeanors after his arrest for beating a woman in a car with a baby inside it while the woman was driving. A judge sentenced him to two years of probation under state supervision.

Deputy Corrections Secretary Alex Sanchez told KRQE-TV his department wasn’t notified of the judge’s order and learned of it Thursday, the day after the girl was killed.

Second Judicial District Court spokesman Tim Korte says a review is underway but disputes the court failed to notify the department.

Gonzales is the boyfriend of the girl’s mother. He told reporters after his arrest that he didn’t have a role in Victoria Martens’ death.

12:25 a.m.

Residents of Albuquerque, New Mexico are struggling to understand how a 10-year-old girl became the target of gruesome violence.

The battered and partially dismembered body of Victoria Martens was found wrapped in a blanket set on fire in an apartment by police responding to a report of a disturbance Wednesday morning.

The girl’s mother, her boyfriend and his cousin are in custody.

As news spread about Victoria Martens’ death, neighbors and friends built a makeshift memorial under a tree near the apartment complex where she lived. They adorned it with stuffed animals and candles. Some visitors hugged while others cried and prayed.

The shrine grew as people gathered for an evening candlelight vigil on Thursday. Another shrine was erected at the elementary school where Victoria had just started the new school year.

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