Mother of teen accused of killing friend found guilty

Loretta Villalobos
Loretta Villalobos

LOS LUNAS, N.M. (KRQE) – The mother of a teen accused of killing his 12-year-old friend was found guilty Wednesday.

Loretta Villalobos is charged with child abuse resulting in death for not keeping a closer eye on her son, Brandon Villalobos, who is accused of killing 12-year-old Alex Madrid.

Loretta was found guilty on all counts. She faces up to 18 years for child abuse and one and a half years for each charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

At a hearing last month, a judge required the teen to seek treatment first, which could take up to nine months. 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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