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Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 8:50pm
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. — Two Alamogordo women are accused of child abuse for keeping children in poor living conditions.
Alamogordo police arrested Angel Baca, 26, mother of seven of the children and they are currently looking for Baca's mother, Ana Hurtado who's charged with four counts of abuse.
"At this point law enforcement is still trying to get some updates as to where she might be located," said Alamogordo Police Sergeant Roger Schoolcraft.
Schoolcraft said the children were initially found to be in poor living conditions after a school official reported potential child abuse when a 6-year-old boy attended class with a bruise.
"Once the officer entered the home he found the house was less than desirable for children," Schoolcraft said.
He added the home didn't have running water and the conditions inside were poor with live animals living in the house and animal and human feces in half flushed toilets and on the ground.
Schoolcraft said there was also hazardous chemicals and sharp weapons easily accessible to the children.
Detectives found inside the home lived a total of four children, one which was Ana Hurtado's and the other three belonging to her daughter Angel Baca.
"The officer went ahead and took the four children and placed them in CYFD custody," Schoolcraft said.
The department then issued arrest warrants for both Hurtado and Baca.
Baca was arrested and the four children living with her at her home were also taken into state custody.