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Updated at 8:15am — Abuse Suspect’s Home Burglarized

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Man, two teens allegedly broke into home of 22-year-old Nathan Orona.

Philip A. Martinez, 21, of Belen, is being held on a $38,000 bond, charged with burglarizing the home of 22-year-old Nathan Orona, who is accused of shaking his 4-month-old daughter and attempting to escape authorities back on Jan. 11, the Valencia County News-Bulletin reported.

While Orona was behind bars, Martinez — who is said to be an acquaintance of Orona's — and two teenagers allegedly broke into Orona's home on N.M. 47 in Los Lunas on Saturday, Jan. 26, the News-Bulletin reported.

Valencia County sheriff's deputies were investigating the alleged break-in and burglary when the still-hospitalized baby's mother returned to the house, the paper said.

Items reported stolen from Orona's house included televisions, movies, baskets, pictures, heaters, a jewelry box, clothes, shoes and some baby items, according to the News-Bulletin.

Martinez is charged with burglary, receiving stolen property, two counts of selling or giving alcohol to minors, concealing his identity and shoplifting, the paper reported.

According to a criminal complaint, deputies were called to an Allsups convenience store in Los Chavez to investigate a report that a man ran out of the store carrying a 30-pack of beer, the News-Bulletin said.

Nearly three hours later, deputies were called to Orona's home after a neighbor reported seeing three male subjects from a green four-door sedan carrying items out of the house, the paper reported.


8:15am 1/31/08 — Child Abuse Indictment in Valencia County: Los Lunas man charged with severely injuring 4-month-old daughter.

A Valencia County grand jury has indicted 22-year-old Nathan Orona of Los Lunas on charges of child abuse resulting in the great bodily harm of his 4-month-old daughter Jeralynn, the Valencia County News-Bulletin reported this week.

Orona, who is being held at the Valencia County Adult Detention Center on a $100,000 cash-only bond, also was charged with two counts of battery on a health-care worker, two counts of battery on a peace officer and criminal damage to property in connection with an alleged escape attempt from a Los Lunas health-care facility and with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, the News-Bulletin reported.

The latter charges stem from a search of Orona's home on N.M. 47 after his arrest on Jan. 11 where officers said they found methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, Valencia County Deputy Ed Chavez told the News-Bulletin.

The baby, who appeared to be dead on arrival at Presbyterian Healthcare's facility in Los Lunas, was later revived by doctors and taken to University of New Mexico Hospital where she was on life support and in critical condition, according to earlier reports.

Her condition was later upgraded to serious, it was reported last week.


6:40am 1/22/08 — Baby's Condition Upgraded: 4-month-old Valencia County girl now listed in serious condition.

A 4-month-old Valencia County girl who was on life support and in critical condition last week has been upgraded to serious condition at University of New Mexico Hospital, according to a report on KRQE News 13.

The baby's father, Nathan Orona, has been charged with child abuse resulting in great bodily harm and is being held on a $100,000 bond, News 13 reported.

Detectives believe the 22-year-old Orona shook the baby violently, breaking her ribs and causing severe brain damage, according to KRQE.

The baby, whose name has not been released, was thought to be dead when her mother brought her to a Presbyterian Healthcare facility in Los Lunas on Jan. 11, but was revived by doctors and taken to UNM Hospital, according to earlier reports.

Doctors said last week it appeared she had only minimal brain activity, News 13 reported.


8:10am 1/17/08 — Baby Revived After Being Declared Dead: Father, suspected of abuse, tries to escape from Los Lunas medical facility.

A 4-month-old baby girl is on life support at an Albuquerque hospital after being declared dead at the Presbyterian family care facility in Los Lunas and then resuscitated by doctors, the Valencia County News-Bulletin's Clara Garcia tells us.

The baby's father, 22-year-old Nathan Orona, is in custody, charged with child abuse resulting in great bodily harm and several other counts in connection with his apparent attempt to escape from Valencia County sheriff's deputies and Los Lunas police officers at the family care center, the News-Bulletin said.

When the parents arrived at the Presbyterian facility in Los Lunas  last Friday, they were told by a nurse that the baby was dead, but doctors at the family care center were able to resuscitate her, Valencia County sheriff's detective Abe Henson told ABQjournal.com this morning.

While the baby was being taken to University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, deputies questioned the parents about what happened, and the mother said she returned home she found the baby apparently lifeless and called 911 on the way to the local clinic, Deputy Ed Chavez told the News-Bulletin.

As officers were questioning Orona in one of the exam rooms, they learned he had an outstanding warrant for traffic violations in Bosque Farms, but as they were discussing the case outside the exam room, Orona allegedly tried to make a break for it, according to a criminal complaint.

"Upon opening the door, I observed Nathan Orona crawling through the ceiling to escape," a deputy wrote in the complaint. "At this time, I attempted to grab on to his foot and pull him down when he kicked me in the chest, breaking my grip."

Deputies said Orona then crawled through the attic and broke through the ceiling in an adjacent exam room, and in his attempt to escape knocked down three hospital workers and a deputy, but was finally apprehended in the lobby, the News-Bulletin reported.

Chavez told the paper that when deputies searched Orona's home on Highway 47 in Los Lunas, they found methamphetamine and marijuana as well as drug paraphernalia in the house.

Orona alleged told investigators that he had been holding the baby when he bent over to pick something up and that the baby hit her head on a coffee table, Chavez told the News-Bulletin.

But doctors told investigators that the baby's injuries were consistent with being shaken, the paper said.

Orona is being held at the Valencia County Adult Detention Center on a $100,000 cash-only bond, charged with child abuse, three counts of assault on the health-care providers, two counts of battery on a peace officer, as well as criminal damage to property and escape, the News-Bulletin reported. 

 

 

 

 

 

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