ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Albuquerque mother is facing two child abuse charges after deputies say she hit her two daughters repeatedly, and beat them with hangers.
Natalie Alcala, 34, faced a judge Saturday.
According to a criminal complaint, a deputy was contacted earlier this month when one of Alcala’s daughters told a school counselor she was afraid to go home to her mother. The complaint states that daughter told deputies her mother, “hit her so hard that it was hard for her to walk.” She also told deputies Alcala nearly pushed her face in dog excrement because she didn’t clean it up fast enough.
In a separate interview, the girl’s sister said their mother would hit them with hangers and hit them more if they cried. She also told deputies Alcala has grabbed them by their necks so hard they couldn’t breathe.
Some neighbors say they never would have suspected child abuse.
“They seem pretty normal,” one neighbor told KRQE News 13. “Most of the time, the kids were out here having a good time and always playing whatever, nothing out of the ordinary.”
According to the complaint, the girls’ grandmother told investigators she saw Alcala holding one of the girls off the ground by her neck, and when she tried to intervene, Alcala attacked her.
Alcala told investigators she had grabbed the girls by the arms and face, but never abused them the way they claim.
This isn’t Alcala’s first run-in with the law. According to online court records, she’s been charged with battery and assault against a household member several times before.