ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A Los Lunas man was arrested last month on suspicion of raping an 8-month-old baby girl, leaving her with serious injuries.
The child’s mother was arrested Thursday on suspicion of child abuse, tampering with evidence and conspiracy for allegedly not taking the child to the hospital for 18 hours and lying to responding officers about the case.
Julio Iturralde, 27, is charged with criminal sexual penetration against a minor, child abuse, tampering with evidence, false imprisonment and failure to report child abuse.
Police said he took the child into the Los Lunas Inn and Suites and locked the door on May 24. The child’s mother, Jasmin Davis, 25, knocked on the door for several minutes and said she heard the child scream, according to the complaint.
In the room, the mother said she noticed the child was bleeding. She said Iturralde didn’t let her leave the room throughout the night, according to the complaint.
Davis said Iturralde smoked methamphetamine in the hotel that night, according to the complaint.
Investigators were called to University of New Mexico Hospital the next night after Davis took the child to the hospital.
She originally told police the girl must have been injured by another child she watched the day before, according to the complaint.
Davis told police about the hotel and Iturralde during a follow-up interview two days after the child was hospitalized. She also admitted to police that she smoked meth with Iturralde the morning after the assault.
Investigators said witnesses at the hotel said they spoke with Davis the night the child was assaulted and she didn’t try to get them to contact law enforcement for the child, according to the complaint.
Doctors told investigators the child’s injuries caused massive blood loss.
In an interview with deputies, Iturralde admitted to being alone with the child but denied knowing the child was injured and made no mention of raping the girl, according to the complaint.
Iturralde pleaded no contest in 2009 to a negligent use of a deadly weapon charge. In 2007, he was charged with attempted murder but the case was dismissed, according to a state court website.