A teenage boy was raped and burned before being beaten to death by his mother’s boyfriend, according to court documents.
Thief uses dildo to smash sex shop cabinet before stealing two 24-carat gold vibrators The tortured body of 13 year old Jeremiah Valencia was found discarded in a storage bin late January in Santa Fe, New Mexico – two months after his death.
Santa Fe’s District Attorney Marco Serna said during a press conference: ‘He was placed in a dog kennel for hours on end without food. It’s absolutely heartbreaking.’
He added: ‘I am sickened by this horrific tragedy. I will do everything in my power to seek justice for this innocent child.’
His mother’s boyfriend Thomas Ferguson, 42, has been charged with his murder.
Santa Fe County Sheriff Robert Garcia said: ‘I can honestly say that this poor child suffered at the hands of a monster.’
Jeremiah’s mother Tracy Ann Pena, 35, and Ferguson’s 19-year-old son Jordan Nunez have been charged with child abuse resulting in death and tampering with evidence.
According to local media, his mother, who was in jail for an unrelated case, told a fellow inmate that her son had been murdered, triggering a hunt for the child.
Jeremiah’s body was found, wearing an adult diaper, a few miles from his home in Nambe, north of Santa Fe.
Pena said she was forced to help Ferguson move the body, but kept quit because she was afraid of her boyfriend.
Nunez told a similar story, claiming he had also been abused by his father as a child.
Ferguson was indicted last week by a grand jury on first-degree murder and 17 other felony charges, including kidnapping, child abuse and tampering with evidence.
Jeremiah’s sister told investigators that Nunez and Ferguson had cleaned the child’s body in the bath tub, after his death.
Blood ‘not visible to the naked eye’ was found in Ferguson and Jeremiah’s bedrooms.
Court documents has also revealed that Jeremiah’s mother was investigated by the New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department in 2011.
He and his sister were both placed in the care of their grandparents, but were eventually released back to their mother.
His sister told investigators that she was pushed to lie about her brother’s whereabouts and told people he was staying with other family members.