Years before Teri Sanchez was accused of prostituting her young daughter, lapel video shows just how concerned the mom was that police would call the state’s Children, Youth and Families Department.
What’s more, lapel video released Friday by Albuquerque Police shows just how much an officer was concerned with Sanchez’s ability to take care of her kids.
The incident captured in the newly released lapel camera video dates back to September 2013 when Sanchez and her two young children were seen at a bus stop at Central and San Matro.
When the responding APD officer arrived, he saw Sanchez’s two kids playing in a mud puddle. The children didn’t have pants on and were also barefoot.
In his first words to Sanchez, the police officer called out the mother who was in the middle of saying she had told her kids to stop playing in the mud puddle.
The officer said, “Ma’am I pulled up and you weren’t asking them anything.”
Sanchez’s kids, a boy and a girl, were playing in a roadside muddle puddle that had formed behind a Rapid Ride bus stop.
“Ma’am get your kids out of the water,” said the police officer.
According to lapel video recording data, the officer met Sanchez around 7:30 p.m. on Sep. 17, 2013.
The APD officer noted that sun was nearly below the horizon.
“They don’t even have dry clothes now and this is just diseased swamp water on the side of Central,” said the officer.
The 2013 run-in would be just one of many that Albuquerque Police would have with Sanchez.
Video shows the responding officer was clearly concerned about the kids’ safety.
“You’re standing near one of the busiest intersections in the city, not watching your children as they play in mud and muck,” said the officer.
Sanchez told the police officer she was waiting at the bus stop for her brother, who was going to give her money for a past-due electric bill.
As the officer spoke to Sanchez at the bus stop, Sanchez also asked for mercy.
“I don’t want to get CYFD called on me though, I’m not a bad mom,” said Sanchez.
Lapel video shows that was Sanchez’s recurring concern.
“Don’t call CYFD,” Sanchez said minutes later.
In total, the officer was with Sanchez for nearly an hour. He eventually gave Sanchez and the kids a ride home in his APD cruiser.
Lapel video shows the kids were without pants and were also barefoot.
At Sanchez’s apartment off Charleston, the officer was also concerned about the inside of her home.
“Ma’am, unfortunately, CYFD’s going to have to come to a house visit,” said the officer.
The officer stated he was “concerned about the children.”
“But CYFD doesn’t haven’t to get involved,” said Sanchez on the lapel video recording.
“I don’t see a lot of good nutrition for them, your apartment is messy,” said the officer. “You have a hard time watching your children.”
The video recording indicates that the APD officer asked CYFD to visit the home in the following days. It’s unclear what happened after that though.
The officer eventually left, telling Sanchez to take care of her kids.
It wouldn’t be until nearly five years later that Sanchez would face charges for how’s she accused of treating her kids.
So far, APD has said its officers followed protocol in their multiple interactions with Teri Sanchez and her husband James Stewart.
Sanchez and Stewart remain behind bars in the Metropolitan Detention Center on no bond holds. A district court judge decided this week to keep both locked up while the case plays out through court.