Two adults arrested after boy says they beat him
Santa Fe police this week arrested Baikal Harris, 34, and Christina Castro, 44, on suspicion of child abuse after a boy told a state child welfare worker they both had beaten him.
According to arrest warrant affidavits, the boy accused Harris, a relative, of beating him repeatedly over the years.
During an interview with the social worker at Solace Crisis Treatment Center, the affidavits say, the boy said Harris became upset Oct. 4 and knocked him to the ground and began to choke him. The boy, in tears, said he was strangled for 9 to 13 seconds and thought he was going to die.
After the attack, the boy said, Harris told him, “Someone should have strangled you a long time ago.”
According to the affidavits, the boy said Harris had beaten him in the past and that Castro also had hit him.
Castro, reached by phone Friday, said she and Harris are married.
“We’re both professionals. I’m a professional, and these charges are going to be dealt with,” Castro said. “I’m confident that my name will be cleared, as well as my husband’s.”
Harris declined to comment.
The boy’s mother told police the state Children, Youth and Families Department has been contacted multiple times about the boy’s abuse, the affidavits say.
Harris is facing four charges of felony child abuse for incidents between 2012 and 2018, court documents show. A judge ordered him to be released from jail earlier this week on an unsecured bond of $5,000 and a GPS monitor to make sure he has no contact with the boy.
Castro, who has a Taos address, is facing one charge of child abuse, according to court documents. She also was ordered released from jail an unsecured bond and with a GPS monitor.
Neither has entered a plea related to the charges, and both are due back in court in early November.