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New Mexico mom wrote “Loco” on toddler who died of brain injuries: Police

January 19, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
New Mexico mom wrote “Loco” on toddler who died of brain injuries: Police

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A child, who died of significant brain injuries the day before Thanksgiving, had the words “thug life” and “loco” written on his forehead and stomach, according to pictures discovered on his mother’s cellphone.

Ares Baroz, who was only 18-months-old at the time of his death, had fractures on his skull, legs, and shoulder area, along with traumatic brain bleeding and bruising on the cartilage in both ears. He succumbed to his injuries in a New Mexico hospital on November 23rd.

His mother, 27-year-old Miranda Rabago, who told investigators that she was only his caregiver, was taken into custody days later and was charged with child abuse resulting in murder.

Susan Stinson, the Assistant District Attorney, told The Washington Post that a picture recovered from Rabago’s phone shows the toddler with the words “thug life” scribbled in black Sharpie across the baby’s stomach.

She also added that a fake tattoo and the word “loco” was printed on his forehead.

It is still unclear when the pictures were taken of the toddler, or if they are linked with the horrific injuries that doctors at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque found.

Eighteen-month-old Ares Baroz (above) was found to have fractures on his skull, legs and shoulder area as well as bleeding on his brain when he died in a New Mexico hospital on November 23,

It’s also unknown if those words were written on the child when he was brought to the hospital.

Stinson indicated that the autopsy report had not been released and that there is crucial evidence they are waiting on that could lead to further charges.

Stephen Taylor, Rabago’s public defender, declared that it’s too early to explain what the pictures suggest in the case.

“It’s difficult to look at something and think the worst about that kind of picture, especially in the context of what we know so far,” the lawyer said.

“I want to caution everybody into thinking that there’s something to that evidence when we haven’t gotten everything to see the whole picture, the whole story about what led to Ares’ death.”

Public defender Stephen Taylor said it’s too early to discuss what the photos suggest in the case. She has denied to police that she did anything wrong to her son

However, the prosecutor contended that the photos shed light into to how the 18-month-old child was treated.

It is alleged that his brutal injuries occurred over a period of time, as staff at the hospital found him malnourished and under-cared for when he was brought from Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center to the University of New Mexico Hospital, according to criminal records.

Authorities were contacted after hospital staff had suspected the toddler had been abused.

The criminal complaint reports that an investigator at the hospital noticed bruises and red spots on the boy’s face.

Rabago, who is pregnant, denied the accusations that she abused her son and told police that he seemed fine and didn’t have bruises when she woke up around 7 am that day.

She said that they both relaxed on a mattress in the living room around noon, and that the boy fell asleep, so she brought him to his crib.

Miranda Rabago’s (left in her mugshot) cellphone contained photos showing the toddler had the words ‘thug life’ written on his stomach in black Sharpie, and ‘loco’ on his forehead, the prosecutor said

Rabago said that she napped for the rest of the day until about 5 pm and when she woke up, she discovered her son unconscious and rushed him to the hospital, where he died two days later on November 23rd.

Doctors told investigators that the toddler suffered a head injury caused by shaking, according to Santa Fe New Mexican. Detectives who searched her apartment recovered a sippy cup with spoiled milk in his crib and blood on a pillow, the complaint states.

Police also located marijuana pipes in the bathroom and next to the mattress in the living room.

Rabago was indicted last month and is still insisting that she didn’t abuse her son. She pleaded not guilty on Friday in Santa Fe District Court, If convicted, she faces up to $20,000 in penalties and a maximum of 21 years behind bars.

Rabago is a mother of two other kids who live in Colorado with her parents. Court records indicated that she filed for divorce from the victim’s father, Brandon Baroz, who remains imprisoned at a community corrections facility in Colorado.

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