City hosts 1st child abuse task force meeting

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The first public outreach session for the new Child Abuse Prevention Task Force was hosted Tuesday.

The task force was created after the death of 9-year-old Omaree Varela.

The boy’s mother, Cynthia Varela-Casaus, is charged with kicking him to death in late December.

His death came despite several reports to Albuquerque Police Department and the State’s Children, Youth, and Families Department that Omaree was being abused.

On Tuesday night, task force leaders say the focus needs to be on prevention and training for first responders and CYFD investigators.

The city is planning more public meetings in the months ahead. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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