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Some charges dropped vs suspect in Albuquerque girl’s death

July 12, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped some child abuse charges against one of the suspects in the killing of a young Albuquerque girl nearly two years ago.

According to a motion filed by the prosecutor, evidence originally suggested 10-year-old Victoria Martens had been forced to ingest methamphetamine before she died in August 2016.

That turned out to be inaccurate and the Albuquerque Journal reports that prosecutors now have dismissed two child abuse counts against Jessica Kelley.

Kelley still faces murder, rape and numerous other charges and her trial is scheduled for January 2019.

The girl’s mother pleaded guilty last month to a count of child abuse resulting in the death of her daughter.

The woman’s boyfriend is set to be tried on charges of child abuse and tampering with evidence.

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