ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A 10-year-old girl was drugged, raped, strangled and stabbed in what authorities have called an “unspeakable” crime that ended in her death, and now her mother and her mother’s boyfriend are under arrest.
An Albuquerque judge ordered Michelle Martens, 35, held Thursday during her first court appearance following the death of her daughter. Her boyfriend, Fabian Gonzales, 31, also was ordered held on $1 million bond. Neither entered a plea.
Both are facing a number of charges in connection with the girl’s death.
Gonzales’ cousin, Jessica Kelley, 31, is also a suspect in the case.
A criminal complaint filed Thursday says Martens told officers that Gonzales gave his girlfriend’s daughter methamphetamine before raping her. Police say officers found the girl’s dismembered body Wednesday morning after receiving a disturbance call at an Albuquerque apartment.
The complaint alleges the girl’s body was in a bathtub, partially wrapped in a burning blanket.
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.
People who knew a 10-year-old girl was well-liked and friendly.
Christine Zamora says she taught the girl gymnastics every Saturday and that she came to class happy.
Zamora said in an interview Thursday she was stunned to learn the girl’s mother was arrested in connection with her daughter’s death.
Neighbor Johnny Madrid says his daughter and the victim swam last Saturday together in the pool of the apartment complex. He said residents did not know much about the girl’s mother.
A shrine has been set up for a 10-year-old victim. Family and friends created the memorial under a tree outside the girl’s apartment complex.
Relatives and friends left flowers, balloons and stuffed animals in her memory.