ALBUQUERQUE — A man has been arrested in connection with the death of his 2-year-old daughter, according to Albuquerque police.

 Officials said 32-year-old Michael David Garcia was booked into jail early Saturday on suspicion of child abuse resulting in death.

It was unclear Sunday if Garcia has a lawyer yet who can speak on his behalf.



Police said officers responded around 3 p.m. Friday to a mobile home park in northeast Albuquerque where the young girl was found dead.

Authorities say the child appeared emaciated and had visible bruising to the majority of her body, as well as burns to her back thigh and hands.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, court records show Garcia petitioned for custody of his daughter and his three other children within a month of being indicted in 2017 for allegedly physically abusing the mother of the kids.

That case was eventually dismissed.

Before Garcia’s arrest, police said he told officers he had just won custody of the children.

Police said the other children now are in the custody of the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department.

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Frank Sterle

Too many people will procreate regardless of their questionable ability to raise their children in a mentally healthy/functional manner. Being free nations, society cannot prevent anyone from bearing children. I can’t help wondering, how many instances there have been wherein immense long-term suffering by children of dysfunctional rearing might have been prevented had the parent(s) received, as high school students, some crucial child development science education by way of mandatory curriculum? After all, dysfunctional and/or abusive parents, for example, may not have had the chance to be anything else due to their lack of such education and their own dysfunctional/abusive rearing as children.

The wellbeing of all children — and not just what other parents’ children might/will cost us as future criminals or costly cases of government care, etcetera — needs to be of real importance to us all, regardless of whether we’re doing a great job with our own developing children. A mentally sound future should be every child’s fundamental right, along with air/water/food, especially considering the very troubled world into which they never asked to enter.

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“It has been said that if child abuse and neglect were to disappear today, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual would shrink to the size of a pamphlet in two generations, and the prisons would empty. Or, as Bernie Siegel, MD, puts it, quite simply, after half a century of practicing medicine, ‘I have become convinced that our number-one public health problem is our childhood’.” (Childhood Disrupted, pg.228).

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