Police: 1-year-old girl’s body found at Albuquerque home

January 5, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police found the body of a 1-year-old girl Friday at an Albuquerque home, ending a search for the child that began after officers learned her father had told a relative she drowned in a bathtub, a spokesman said.

Officers found the body of Anastazia Zuber at a home in the northeast area of New Mexico’s largest city, police spokesman Gilbert Gallegos said in a statement. An autopsy is pending to determine her cause of death.

According to police, officers had been searching for the girl and her family since at least Wednesday after receiving the report of her father’s comment about the girl’s drowning. That comment was allegedly made on Dec. 18 and marked “the last mention of the child,” police said.

At the time, police could not locate Anastazia or confirm whether she was safe or alive. They had believed her parents were last seen in Farmington.

Before locating the girl, Gallegos said Friday that officers had tracked down her parents, 26-year-old David J. Zuber and 23-year-old Monique Romero, at a different house. The parents are being questioned and face charges that include child abuse resulting in death, Gallegos said.

Online court records did not yet list attorneys for the couple.

Two other children found with the parents have been placed in the custody of the state Children, Youth and Families Department.

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