KRTN received this press release from Colfax County Sheriff’s Office:
December 6th, 2017
On November 30th, 2017, Jeremiah Atencio of Raton, NM was arrested by Colfax County Deputies for Abuse of a Child (1st Offence – tortured, cruelly confined or cruelly punished), a 3rd degree felony.
The charge resulted from an October 25th, 2017 report from Miners’ Colfax Medical Center of possible physical child abuse involving a five-week old child. Medical staff believed the injuries were not consistent with the explanations given for them. A follow-up examination at UNM Hospital identified additional evidence of previous child abuse. The Colfax County Sheriff’s Office performed numerous interviews with the parents of the child, witnesses, medical professionals and executed a search warrant, prior to obtaining an arrest warrant for Atencio.
Jeremiah Atencio, the father of the child, later confessed to physically abusing the child on October 24th, 2017.