The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Business office arrested three folks — such as the mom of the victim — Monday in relationship with the loss of life of a 13-year-aged boy in close proximity to Nambé.
Sheriff’s spokesman Juan Rios reported Thomas Wayne Ferguson, 42, Tracy Ann Peña, 35, and Jordan Anthony Nuñez (also recognized as Jordan Muñoz), 19, ended up arrested immediately after officers discovered the continues to be believed to be people of Pena’s 13-year-aged son, Jeremiah Valencia.
All three suspects are charged with abuse of a little one ensuing in loss of life, tampering with evidence and conspiracy to commit tampering with evidence, and are becoming held at the Santa Fe County jail with no bond.
Rios reported the Sheriff’s Business office is waiting around for the Business office of the Health-related Investigator to affirm Valencia’s identity via dental documents. Rios reported continues to be ended up discovered in close proximity to N.M. 503.
Peña, who was in custody at the Santa Fe County jail Nov. 24-26, 2017, advised deputies she returned to her dwelling on N.M. 503 and discovered her son lifeless, according to an arrest warrant affidavit filed in Santa Fe County Magistrate Court docket. Peña, who was recognized as Ferguson’s girlfriend, and Nuñez, reported to be Ferguson’s adult son from an earlier relationship, the two later on advised investigators that they experienced remained silent about the boy’s loss of life simply because they ended up fearful of Ferguson, courtroom files reported.
Having said that, a idea from a Santa Fe County jail inmate very last 7 days led to the arrests, according to the affidavit. The informant reported Peña recognized Ferguson as the one liable for her son’s loss of life, according to courtroom files. That led legislation enforcement officers to pursue an investigation that incorporated monitoring a telephone discussion Friday in which Peña advised Ferguson she cried about “the hito” just about every day.
In an job interview with deputies, Peña reported that when she returned to her dwelling on Nov. 26, she went into Valencia’s space, where by she discovered her son’s lifeless physique wrapped in a blanket and his eyes ended up “wide open up and experienced a blank stare.” Soon after she confronted Ferguson, she advised investigators, Ferguson positioned the physique within a car or truck and drove absent, according to the affidavit.
She reported that on Dec. 6, Valencia’s birthday, Ferguson took her to a spot a number of miles from their home. They walked a brief length from the highway. Ferguson reported the boy was buried nearby, according to the affidavit.
Ferguson has an intensive criminal history, such as house crimes, kidnapping, aggravated assault and battery, abuse of a little one and criminal sexual penetration, according to courtroom files.
The accounts of Peña, Ferguson and Muñoz in their interviews with investigators are far unique.
Ferguson advised investigators he was sleeping when he read a commotion coming from outside his bed room door, the consequence of the boy and Muñoz “playing aggressively.” When he went to examine, Ferguson reported, he observed Valencia appeared to be wounded, according to the affidavit. He reported he assisted the boy to mattress and aided him lay down and protected him with a blanket.
When Peña advised him that Valencia was demonstrating no signals of daily life, Ferguson reported he tried to execute CPR, unsuccessfully. He reported he did not make contact with legislation enforcement simply because he feared becoming accused of becoming involved in the boy’s loss of life. He reported he did not eliminate Valencia from the home, but indicated he knew who did and who buried him, according to the affidavit.
In his job interview, Muñoz advised investigators Ferguson experienced punched Valencia in the facial area and stomach various moments, then dragged the boy into the again of the home and locked the door. Muñoz advised a detective that he read loud new music coming from Ferguson’s space for the remainder of the night, according to the affidavit.
Muñoz, who in an original job interview experienced advised investigators that Ferguson took Valencia to an uncle’s home in Mora, reported Ferguson was an abusive father. He later on reported he feared that Ferguson would harm Peña, Muñoz and Peña’s daughter if Muñoz at any time contacted legislation enforcement about Valencia’s loss of life, according to the affidavit.
In 2014, Ferguson was charged with rape, kidnapping and aggravated battery in opposition to a family member immediately after law enforcement discovered he’d been holding his then-girlfriend — a 33-year-aged woman whose family experienced claimed her missing — hostage.
In accordance to courtroom documents, that case was settled via a plea settlement in which Ferguson pleaded responsible to the kidnapping and battery charges, and prosecutors dropped the criminal sexual penetration cost.
In the spring of 2015, Ferguson was sentenced to nine years in prison and five years’ probation in the case, but seven years, seven months and 23 times of the sentence ended up suspended and, immediately after he obtained credit for 495 times he spent incarcerated whilst awaiting trial, he was launched.
In accordance to courtroom files, Ferguson also was convicted of obstruction in Texas sometime prior to 2014 and was at one stage extradited again to that point out to stand trial for violating his probation in that case.
Peña also was on probation at the time of her arrest. In accordance to courtroom documents, her criminal history contains a conviction for attempted tampering in 2017 — for which she was sentenced to one year of probation — and also has prior convictions for drug possession and shoplifting.
Officials from the New Mexico Condition Law enforcement, Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Business office and the First Judicial District Attorney’s Business office have scheduled a news conference Tuesday.
“I am sickened by this horrific tragedy,” reported First Judicial District Lawyer Marco Serna in a statement. “We are a shut-knit neighborhood and this touches so several of our families. I want northern New Mexicans to know this case is of the optimum priority and I will do all the things in my ability to search for justice for this harmless little one. We are in the pretty early levels of this tragedy, so tonight I will question all of New Mexico to pray for our neighborhood.”
Team reporter Phaedra Haywood contributed to this report.