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RATON — On November 27, 2017, Mariano Araica-Avalos of Eagle Nest , NM, pled “No Contest” to one count of abandonment of a child resulting in death, a second degree felony, in the 8th Judicial District Court. A part of the plea deal, prosecutors agreed to a cap of six years maximum incarceration. Araica-Avalos’ sentence will be determined after he completes a pre-sentencing evaluation.
On January 26, 2017, the Colfax County Sheriff’s Office arrested Araica-Avalos for the March 19, 2016 death of his daughter, 8-month-old Arayah Araica. He was charged at that time with abuse of child resulting in death.
Deputies dispatched to a private residence after a call reporting an unresponsive child at the home, were told the child had fallen off a bed by by Araica-Avalos, who was the sole caretaker of the child at the time of her death. Deputies later found inconsistencies with Araica-Avalos’ statements, and an autopsy later showed Arayah died from significant trauma, including broken ribs, muscular neck hemorrhages, and a fractured skull.
“Although the sentencing maxiumum is low, the Colfax County Sheriff’s Office is content knowing the plea deal has ensured some accountability for the loss of life, the stolen potential, and the future joys deprived from Arayah. We are also confident that no sentence could equal the guilt from causing the death of your own child,” according to the sheriff’s office press release.
The press release went on to say, ”The Colfax County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau and Crime Scene Team, as well as the 8th Judicial District Attorney’s Office for helping to bring closure and justice for Arayah Araica.”