Conviction upheld of Hobbs woman in daughter’s 2007 death

SANTA FE (AP) – The New Mexico Supreme Court has upheld conviction of a Hobbs woman in the 2007 death of her infant daughter.

But the high court on Thursday also ordered the case back to a district court for resentencing.

The judges say the district court erred by not holding a presentencing hearing to consider mitigation evidence before Adriana Cabezuela was sentenced to life in prison in August 2009.

Cabezuela was convicted of abandonment or abuse of a child resulting in death. Such a conviction carries an automatic life sentence.

Emergency personnel had been called to Cabezuela’s home because 8-month-old Mariana Barraza was having trouble breathing. The baby died on the way to the hospital in June 2007.

Investigators noted she had bruises, a head injury and bite marks. 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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