Board hears from former APD officers in Omaree case

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The LEA Board heard the case of two former Albuquerque officers involved in the Omaree Varela case, the 9-year-old kicked to death by his mother.

Wednesday one of those officers, Jennifer Jara, took shots at CYFD.

Jara went to Omaree’s school in late 2012 after he told a teacher his mom, Synthia Varela-Casaus, had beaten him.

Jara’s report said she didn’t feel Omaree was safe, but because he changed his story. She didn’t arrest Casuas for child abuse, didn’t take the boy away, and didn’t follow up.

Jara resigned from APD and the LEA Board decided not to discipline her.

The LEA also discussed another officer who had a run-in with Omaree’s mother, Gil Vigil.

He responded to a 911 call where you can hear Omaree’s stepdad, Steve Casaus, berating the boy.

A dispatcher told the officers to listen to the call, they didn’t and left the families home without filing a report.

Wednesday Vigil’s attorney told the LEA there are no rules saying officers must listen to 911 calls.

APD fired Vigil and the board gave him a warning.

Omaree’s mother and stepfather are both charged in his death.

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