Pesticide, steak knives, beer cans and soiled mattresses allegedly framed a grim living environment for two children and led Santa Fe police to arrest their mother on charges of child abuse.
Jacqueline Corrales, 24, of Santa Fe was arrested at about 8 a.m. Sunday after officers responded to her residence in the 1300 block of Rufina Lane. Officers, according to Corrales’ statement of probable cause, found two children outside — a 1-year-boy and a 6-year-old girl. The girl was found only wearing a soiled shirt and the boy only a diaper.
“Both of the Defendant’s children had an odor of an alcoholic beverage and both of their bodies appeared to be sticky from an alcoholic substance,” said the statement by Officer Michael McCluskey.
McCluskey writes in the statement that Corrales was also found in front of her residence with two other intoxicated males who were drinking Negra Modella beers. Littered in the front of the house were “approximately 50-70” beer cans, with which the little boy was playing with according to the report.
Lt. Louis Carlos of Santa Fe police said Monday that the scene could only be described as “deplorable.” He said it is unknown if the piles of beer cans were from a party the previous night or if they had been there for a period of time.
According to McCluskey’s statement of probable cause, Corrales agreed to let him search the residence Sunday morning and told him that she “usually cleans her residence and leaves her children with her neighbor when she parties.”
After contacting Children, Youth and Families Department, McCluskey says he began photographing the property. “I noticed an open canister of pesticide, a small propane tank and various sharp tools were all within reach of the children,” McCluskey wrote in the report.
Also found in the residence was “a puddle of urine in the bathroom, no food in the cabinets, mold in the fridge, cans of beer in the freezer along with mold, dirty clothes strewn about the entire home and two soiled mattresses where [Corrales] indicated both of her children slept.”
Corrales told McCluskey, according to the statement, that she did not have any food or clean clothes in the house.
McCluskey also describes the kitchen where there appeared to be blood on the floor, bugs and flies on the stove and empty pizza boxes and rotten food on the table, in the sink and on the stove.
Corrales told McCluskey, according to the report, that her year-old son drank from a bottle that McCluskey found wrapped in the plastic rings that a six-pack of beer might come in.
“The Defendant told me it was her youngest child’s bottle and she intended to clean it later,” McCluskey wrote in the statement.
A neighbor lent some clothes to the children according to the report and Lt. Carlos said the children were put into the custody of one of Corrales’ Santa Fe relatives.
Corrales has only been arrested one other time in Santa Fe according to Santa Fe County jail records. In 2008, she was arrested on the charge of concealing her identity.
She is now being held in the jail on no bond and is charged with two counts of child abuse according to her criminal complaint.
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