Jury selection begins for man charged in baby’s death

University of New Mexico Hospital

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Jury selection is underway in the trial of a man charged in the death of a 14-month-old baby.

Christopher Garcia was arrested last year after the baby was taken to UNMH with a brain bleed and bruises all over its body.

According to the criminal complaint the baby’s mother, Carmina Vargas, told police she left the baby with her friends Christopher Garcia and Lizy Portillo. The two said the baby fell off the bed, but that Portillo shook him several minutes afterward.

All three are charged with child abuse.

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