We have no words.
The remains of a young girl were found in her family’s Albuquerque, New Mexico apartment on what would have been her 10th birthday.
On Thursday, details of what police described as an unspeakable crime were revealed in a criminal complaint filed against the girl’s mother, her boyfriend, and his cousin.
According to Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden, young Victoria Martens was injected with methamphetamine, sexually assaulted, strangled, and stabbed — she was then dismembered and her remains wrapped in a burning blanket.
Police were notified of a disturbance in an apartment on Wednesday, where responders walked in to find the gruesome crime scene that was so disturbing, even veteran officers were devastated.
Victoria’s mother Michelle Martens was arrested on Wednesday, along with her 31-year-old boyfriend Fabian Gonzales and his 31-year-old cousin Jessica Kelley. All three face charges of child abuse resulting in death, kidnapping, and tampering with evidence.
Gonzales and Kelley have also been charged with criminal sexual penetration of a minor; Victoria’s mother admitted to watching it all.
Gonzales and Martens were taken into custody on Wednesday night with bruises on their faces, which they claim were from Kelley attacking them with an iron during the incident.
When pressed for answers outside the police station, Gonzales pinned the entire thing on Kelley, saying:
“I tried my best to protect Michelle and the baby. Jessica Kelley did it.”
While Victoria’s mother has no criminal record, Gonzales and Kelley both have an extensive history with the law.
After being convicted of a sex crime three years ago, Kelley was released from jail only ten days ago — when she moved in with her cousin, his girlfriend, and Victoria.
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Martens and Gonzales made their first court appearances Thursday afternoon, and both held on $1 million cash-only bonds.
[Image via KRQE.]