Police: 10-year-old Girl Was Drugged with Meth, Sexually Assaulted and Killed; Mother, 2 Others Arrested

ALBUQUERQUE — A 10-year-old girl was drugged, sexually assaulted and killed Wednesday in what the Albuquerque Police Department called one of the worst cases in the department’s history, according to a report.

Michelle Martens is seen after she was arrested following her daughter's killing on Aug. 24, 2016. (Credit: KOAT)

Michelle Martens is seen after she was arrested following her daughter’s killing on Aug. 24, 2016. (Credit: KOAT)

Police have arrested three people in the case: Michelle Martens, 35, the victim’s mother; 31-year-old Fabian Gonzales, the mother’s boyfriend; and his cousin, 31-year-old Jessica Kelley.

Martens and Gonzales allegedly confessed to injecting the 10-year-old daughter with meth “to make her calm down so they could do what they wanted with the little girl,” police said, according to Albuquerque television station KOAT.

The child was allegedly sexually assaulted by Gonzales and Kelley before she was stabbed and strangled, KOAT reported.

Her mutilated body was found wrapped in a blanket at an apartment complex. Police have not identified the victim.

“What happened to this little girl is … horrific. It’s one of the worst things I’ve read in my entire life,” police spokesman Tanner Tixier said at a Wednesday night briefing on the case.

Martens appeared to not show any remorse with police detectives, according to Tixier.

The girl had just turned 10 the day before she was killed, and her friends told KOAT they were supposed to celebrate her birthday.

“I can’t speak to what this mother was planning for her child other than the horrific events that happened to this child,” Tixier said. “I would find it hard to believe that she was planning a birthday party for this child.”

Kelley has refused to speak to investigator thus far, the station reported. Court records obtained by KOAT showed she had a lengthy criminal record that included battery, DWI, assaulting a police officer and shoplifting.

Gonzales and Kelly faced several charges, including criminal sexual penetration of a minor and child abuse resulting in great bodily harm or death, according to the TV station. Gonzales also faces a charge of kidnapping, as does Martens.

“This is a horrific tragedy for our community,” Albuquerque Police Chief Gordon Eden said at a news conference on Wednesday. “When something like this happens to our community, it has an effect on each and every one of us.”

The CNN Wire contributed to this story. 

9 comments

  • BE NICE

    Wow. There are no limits to what the mind comes up when thinking about how this mother and the other scum should be punished. It almost makes me feel like a criminal myself. But then, any way this trash is done away with is still too good for what they deserve.

    • AMERICANS4JUSTICE

      IT’S TIME FOR ALL AMERICANS TO UNITE! Regarding one’s moral compass … ? Sometimes you need to cross the line to keep people inline!!! TAKE YOUR COUNTY BACK!!!

  • Eye for an eye!

    Slow torture, execute and discard their remains in the local sewer. Set an example so this does not happen again.

  • ske

    why are these these people still alive ??? why because all the damn goodie good shoes in this world think they have rights shit on you goodie people and wake up to what they done with no sign the police said of remorce ,,there is not even any family to feel sorry for because there the S O B s that did it to her , i say hang them slowly with some barb wire , damn i hate hearing about this stuff all the time , wake up you people i think you are just as bad as the bad ones

  • WTH

    There are no words. My heart is broken for the children who are broken and killed by monsters like this. These people should not be allowed to live.

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