As state medical investigators try to determine what led to the death of an 8-year-old boy who was found facedown in the snow in a remote part of New Mexico the day after Christmas, his parents are facing Navajo tribal charges of endangerment related to the safety of his three siblings.
Tomas Jay Henio’s three younger brothers have been placed with the tribe’s Social Services Division, Ramah Navajo Police Chief Emil Radosevich confirmed Monday.
“Both of the parents were intoxicated, so that’s why we charged them with endangerment. We did that for the safety of the children,” the police chief said.
Tomas was found Dec. 26 by his parents – stepfather Keith Comosona and mother Yolanda Henio – near their home in the community of Pinehill. They thought he was being cared for at a relative’s home, but he had actually been playing in the snow alone.