Man pleads guilty in 3-year-old’s death

Steven Gallegos
Steven Gallegos

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A man accused in the beating death of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son took a plea deal Monday.

Steven Gallegos pleaded guilty to three counts of child abuse including child abuse resulting in death.

In 2011, Gallegos and Tabetha Van Hotlz claimed her son Leland Valdez fell off a chair. An autopsy found he had been beaten to death.

Leland’s father Andrew said he reported evidence of old injuries to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department five months before his son died. The sheriff later admitted that mistakes were made.

The father has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the department. 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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