“As New Mexicans, we all have a duty under the law to report suspected child abuse or neglect,” Martinez said. “Over the summer months when children are not in school, we need to maintain a watchful eye over our children to make sure they are staying healthy and safe. Anyone who suspects child abuse or neglect must report it. Dialing #SAFE will connect New Mexicans with our child abuse and neglect reporting hotline.”
As temperatures rise during the summer months, Martinez also is reminding New Mexicans to never leave their child in a hot vehicle. Since 1998, nine children have died in New Mexico from heatstroke after being left in hot cars.