October 24, 2014
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An Albuquerque mother is facing child abuse charges in the death of her young son.
Officer Simon Drobik says police were called to a home in the city's northeast heights Friday night after getting a 911 call from the mother, 38-year-old Synthia Varela-Casaus.
She initially told police her 9-year-old son was playing with his 3-year-old brother when the older brother was thrown from a bouncing toy horse and hit his head.
The boy was pronounced dead after being taken to an Albuquerque hospital.
Medical personnel saw multiple injuries on the boy's body. Drobik says the mother later told detectives she kicked the boy in the stomach during an argument, causing him to hit his head.
The mother told detectives she repeatedly kicked the boy while he was on the floor.