ABUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The grandmother of a 7-month-old boy critically hurt when he was left in a hot car Monday says she reported the parents to a state agency more than a month ago because she feared the worst might happen.
Police believe the boy had been in 100-degree heat for at least two hours before he was found outside the parents' apartment.
Doctors say he is suffering seizures and is in critical condition.
Victoria Arrondondo says her son Juan Flores, the boy's father, is very violent and is a drug addict along with the boy's mother, Erica Garcia. Arrondondo says she called the state Children, Youth and Families Department in late April after finding dangerous conditions in the home including hypodermic needles lying about.
Arrondondo says she pleaded with CYFD investigators to take the child from the home, but they never did.
Both Flores, 33, and Garcia, 26, have been charged with child abandonment with death or great bodily harm. A judge on Wednesday set her bond at $100,000 although she is being held without bond for violating her conditions of release from a previous arrest, according to online jail records.
Flores, whom police said admitted to using heroin in the hours before the child was left in the car, was not in court for health reasons.
CYFD spokesperson Henry Varela tells KRQE News 13 they did investigate the case and did attempt to visit all of the homes where the child spends time. However, he could not say what if anything was found.
Varela says while he cannot release specific details of this case, CYFD would always remove a child from a home if it felt the child was in danger.
CYFD did take custody of the boy after Monday's incident.
Arrondondo says she will fight for permanent custody if the boy recovers. Arrondondo is already raising the couple's 3-year-old daughter who was removed from the home after a violent fight in 2010 in which she was caught in the middle.
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