Villalobos’ mom arrested in murder investigation

LOS LUNAS, N.M. (KRQE) – The mother of 15-year-old murder suspect Brandon Villalobos has been arrested for not doing enough to help her troubled son.

Loretta Villalobos, 38, is charged with child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Brandon is accused of killing 12-year-old Alex Madrid in February and then hiding his body underneath a mattress in a field in Meadow Lake. He told detectives the two had fought after an argument, when Madrid said something about Brandon’s 4-month-old baby.

After his arrest his mother told KRQE News 13 her son is developmentally delayed, with a past that includes charges for fighting.

According to the arrest warrant, Loretta told investigators that she knew her son, Brandon and Madrid had been breaking into and vandalizing abandoned homes in the Meadow Lake area.

Loretta is currently booked in the Valencia County Detention Center. 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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