ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Albuquerque mom is spending Mother’s Day locked up – along with her own mother and sister – after detectives say they found the woman’s children living in filth.
Some details in this story may be disturbing for some.
Deputies say when they walked into the northwest Albuquerque house they found a 10-year-old home alone with rotting food on the stove that clearly had been there for some time.
According to a criminal complaint, deputies were responding to a welfare check at the home on Second Street near Alameda. Someone called authorities saying a young boy was left alone.
Deputies say as soon as they walked into the home, there was a strong stench of rotting food. They saw trash strewn throughout the house and believe a bucket was being used as a toilet.
While on scene, three women, Evelyn Vasquez, Angelica Vasquez and Teresa Martinez, returned home with another child, a 1-year-old girl.
The complaint says Martinez, the mother of the two kids, told deputies it wasn’t her mess to clean despite her saying she lives there.
It was so bad a fire marshal ordered the gas and electricity to be shut off because of safety hazards.
Two of the suspects appeared in court Sunday.
Neighbors say they were shocked to hear how filthy deputies say the house was.
All three women are now facing child abuse charges. The children were turned over to the Children, Youth and Families Department.