Dad calls deputies on self to report child abuse

Johnnie Griego
Johnnie Griego

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Albuquerque man called deputies on himself to report he hit his two small children.

Johnnie Griego, 29, admitted he hit his two year old and five year old kids during his visitation.

According to the criminal complaint, Griego dropped the children off with their mother Sunday and both had significant bruising on their faces. One of them had red finger impressions on his right cheek.

The kids told deputies their dad got angry with them for playing with his shampoo so he “kicked one of them in the heart and strangled him.”

The kids’ mother also called authorities to report the incident.

Griego is charged with two counts of child abuse.

He has bonded out of jail. 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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