Anyone in New Mexico who has picked up a newspaper or watched television news in the last four months likely knows the tragic story of Omaree Varela.
Omaree was a 9-year-old Albuquerque boy who was kicked to death, allegedly by his mother, in December. In the days and months following the boy’s death, the media have chronicled instance after instance where Albuquerque police or Children, Youth and Families Department caseworkers received reports that Omaree was being abused, yet they took no action to remove him from the home.
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