A little girl, Victoria Martens, who was supposed to celebrate her 10th birthday was found murdered by those who were supposed to protect her, in her family's apartment in New Mexico by Police officers, with her dismembered remains wrapped in a burning blanket.
Details of a criminal complaint made public and filed against the girl's mother, 35-year-old Michelle Martens, her 31-year-old boyfriend, Fabian Gonzales, and his 31-year-old cousin, Jessica Kelley on Thursday revealed the terrible way the child was killed.
The three were arrested late Wednesday night after Police had been called earlier in the day about a disturbance in the Apartment at the Arroyo Villas complex. When the police got there, they discovered a gruesome crime scene in the bathroom.
Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden said:
'This is a horrific tragedy for our community' Eden told reporters. 'I want to assure the public that we will pursue justice and we will make sure that we exhaust every resource into this investigation.'After injecting the 10 year old with methamphetamine, she was sexually assaulted, strangled and stabbed before being dismembered by all three.
Pictured from left: The girl's mum, the boyfriend and his cousin
All three of them face charges of child abuse resulting in death, kidnapping and tampering with evidence.
Gonzales, his left eye looking black and swollen, denied having anything to do with Victoria's death as he was led out of the police station in handcuffs late Wednesday.
He and Martens reportedly had met on a dating site .
The victim's mother, with a stitched-up wound above her nose, said nothing as she was led out and placed into the back of a police car.
Police said Kelley was hospitalized late Wednesday and will be booked after she is released but they didn't say why she was hospitalized.
Thursday afternoon, Michelle Martens and Fabian Gonzales made their initial court appearances and were ordered held on $1million bond each but neither entered a plea.
According to the criminal complaint, the girl's mother, Martens who also has a younger son, made a confession, telling police Gonzales drugged her daughter so he could 'calm her down' and have sex with her.
She said Kelley held her hand over the child's mouth and she stabbed the girl in the stomach after Gonzales had choked her. She said after they killed her daughter, Gonzales and Kelley dismembered Victoria.
One of the police officers who arrived at the apartment found the girl's body in a bathroom, rolled up in a blanket that had been set on fire. The officer put it out.
Some of her remains were found in a plastic bag in a hamper near the kitchen, reported The Albuquerque Journal, citing court records. Albuquerque Public Schools district released a statement on Thursday saying they were having hard time wrapping their heads around around the sickening way the little girl was killed.
People who knew the slain child said she was well-liked and friendly. Christine Zamora said she taught Victoria gymnastics every Saturday and that she came to class happy. Neighbor John Madrid says he often saw the girl at the pool and that she was excited about the start of the new school year.