This article says just enough to be confusing. We have a 14-year-old girl who "mysteriously" dies in the home of her stepmother. But notice that the girl doesn't live there. She lives with her (obviously custodial) UNNAMED DAD elsewhere. So the dad and the step had separated, but were not divorced? And Daddy was still using the step to babysit while he worked? Your guess is as good as mine. Notice that "the family" (meaning Dad, the step, both?) had "a history" with CPS in "other states." But true to form, that doesn't mean they lost their kids as a result. Custodial daddies seldom do.
But notice the Great Unanswered Question here. How did Daddy get custody? How did he keep custody, even though he (and/or his gal pal, later wife) had a history of "alleged" child abuse? What happened to this girl's mother? Is she deceased? If she's alive, then who or what caused her to lose custody? Guess we'll never know what the girl thought of the (abusive) living arrangements she was forced into, now that she's dead...
Who or what killed a 14-year-old girl?Teen found dead at stepmom's home
Updated: Wednesday, 04 May 2011, 9:07 AM MDT
Published : Tuesday, 03 May 2011, 6:13 PM MDT
Reporter: Celina Westervelt
ROSWELL, NM (KRQE) - Who or what killed a 14-year-old girl in her stepmother's home? Roswell police say they received a 911 call about the girl at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. When they arrived at the scene, she was already dead.
The girl was staying at her stepmother's house while her dad worked overnight. Investigators say the house was filthy. When the father learned that the girl was unresponsive, he called 911.
Police aren't sure how the girl died, but they hope an autopsy will shed some clues. They're investigating the case as child abuse resulting in death.
The woman who lives at the house has a 1-year-old child with the 14-year-old's father. That child lives at the home, while the 14-year-old lived with her father at another residence.
News 13 has learned that the family has a history with child protective services in other states.
A spokesperson for the state Children, Youth and Family department couldn't comment on the case except to say that the 1-year-old has been placed into state custody.
Neighbors say the news is a lot to take in. 'I wouldn't have never expected anything to come from that side of the house. We are right in front of them so I figured I would hear some stuff coming from their house but i've never heard anything," said Andrea Martinez. She added that they never noticed anything unusual about the family, but did say the 14-year-old kept to herself.