“The recent disturbing reports of violent child abuse in Taos County and Rio Rancho are abhorrent and must be thoroughly investigated. Those responsible must be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and brought to justice. Every decision throughout the judicial and bond process needs to be made with the best interest of children and the safety of the community in mind.
“In the case of Taos County, I share serious concerns with members of the community that those important protections may have been misapplied. We have an obligation to re-examine New Mexico’s pre-trial detention policies, which empower judges to detain a defendant due to the severity of the crime. Ultimately judges have a sacred responsibility to safeguard public safety, protect vulnerable populations, and ensure that the community is not subject to further risk.
“In the case of Rio Rancho, the organizations obligated to protect children must be more vigilant and do a better job of preventing abuse, neglect, and deaths. Our community – families, law enforcement, social service agencies – must come together to do everything possible to prevent these horrific and unnecessary tragedies. The consequences of not doing so is a matter of life and death.
“If you’d like to report a crime or abuse, please contact Crime Stoppers at (505) 843-STOP or online here: https://goo.gl/E24kzx.
“And if you’re interested in learning more about the crime bill that I recently introduced to ensure that our state receives its fair share of federal funding to not only train law enforcement and combat crime, but also make investments in drug treatment, mental health, education, and reentry programs, then click here: https://goo.gl/2Afi7U.”