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Colfax Sheriff announces arrest in March 2016 Eagle Nest child death

by Eric Mullens

RATON — The Colfax County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of an individual in connection with a March 2016 death of a child in Eagle Nest.

Mariano Araica-Avalos was arrested Friday, January 27 on a charge of Abuse of a Child Resulting in Death. Eight-month old Arayah Araica was pronounced dead at the scene at a private residence on March 19, 2016. The initial call reported an unresponsive child at the home.

The suspect at that time told investigators his young daughter had fallen from her bed.

An autopsy indicated the girl died from significant trauma, including broken ribs, muscular neck hemorrhage and a fractured skull.

The investigation was conducted by the CCSO with assistance from the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau and Crime Scene Team.

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