Mom will only serve 5 years for child abuse

Mom will only serve 5 years for child abuse

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A judge gave a big break to the mother of two young girls who were found starving, beaten and living in a bathtub.

Roberta Marquez-Chavez was sentenced Wednesday morning to five years in prison; she faced more than 18.

The judge read off the charges and what Marquez-Chavez faced and then suspended most of the sentence.

Marquez-Chavez pleaded guilty in October to child abuse charges.

On Christmas Eve 2011, police arrested her for child abuse and kidnapping. A neighbor called police after seeing the two young kids – ages 3 and 5 at the time – naked and starving in their bathtub.

APD officials said the two girls had 20 broken bones between them, including a broken back and fractured skull.

Marquez-Chavez still insists it was her boyfriend Jesus Acosta-Contreras who abused the girls.

She was also convicted of failing to report child abuse.

The Children, Youth and Families Department took custody of the kids after her arrest. Marquez-Chavez is not allowed to have any contact with them.

Prosecutors say the girls are still very traumatized by what happened.

Acosta-Contreras is still on the loose. Police suspect he’s hiding in Mexico. 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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