ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A bill named after Omaree Varela, the Albuquerque boy allegedly killed by his own mother, has passed a big hurdle in the legislature.
The bill would require the Children Youth and Families Department to immediately take custody of children showing specific signs of abuse and they would remain held for at least 48 hours.
It also requires the parents or guardians to undergo counseling before taking custody of a child in certain circumstances.
In the case of Omaree Varela, the Children Youth and Families Department and police had been called several times because of allegations of abuse, but he remained in the home.
The bill overwhelmingly passed a committee Monday and now heads to the house floor for a vote.