Trial set to begin for man charged in death of 14-month-old baby

Carmina Vargas, Christopher Garcia and Lizy Portillo
Carmina Vargas, Christopher Garcia and Lizy Portillo

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The trial for a man charged in the death of a 14-month-old baby is set to begin Monday.

Christopher Garcia was arrested last year for child abuse after the baby was taken to the hospital with a brain bleed and bruises all over his face and neck.

According to the criminal complaint, the boy’s mother, Carmina Vargas, told police the baby fell off the bed.

She later told police she lied. Carmina then said that she actually left the baby with her friends, Christopher Garcia and Lizy Portillo.

Garcia and Portillo said the baby did fall off the bed, but that Portillo shook him for several minutes afterward.

All three were charged with child abuse. 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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