APD: 2 missing Albuquerque children found, mother arrested

Albuquerque News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Police Department says 3-year-old Elijah Covington, and 6-year-old Javon Rosales have been found safe. APD also says their mother, Clorisa Renee Covington has been arrested.

Covington was arrested at the Suburban Extended Stay hotel on Carlisle Blvd near Menaul Blvd Wednesday. Leading up to her arrest, KRQE News 13 crews on the scene captured video of officers surrounding the room and calling for her to come out with the children.

The boys were found Wednesday at the hotel. On Tuesday, APD issued an Amber Alert for the two children. APD says the children were abducted from CYFD custody by their mother who does not have custody.

In the Amber Alert, police said the mom, Clorisa Covington is dating Fabian Gonzales. Gonzales is currently awaiting trial on child abuse and tampering with evidence charges after police said he allegedly dismembered the body of his then girlfriend’s 10-year-old Victoria Martens after she was killed by an unknown suspect. In June 2020, while Gonzales’ attorney said Gonzales was living with Covington and the two boys, Judge Charles Brown said it was ok. Judge Brown relaxed Gonzales’s conditions of release and said Gonzales had not been a threat to the boys and is innocent until proven guilty of the other charges.

KRQE News 13 found a photo of Gonzales and Clorisa posted online in December under a profile of the name Clorisa Covington. But, Gonzales’ attorney said Gonzales and Covington broke up months ago and haven’t been living together since November. “I’m not sure why he got looped up into this Amber Alert,” Steve Aarons, one of Gonzales’ attorneys said. “He’s not seen her for the last two months or had any contact with her.”

KRQE News 13 asked CYFD on Tuesday how Covington knew her kids were at the dental office, where she abducted them. A spokesperson couldn’t give specifics on the case, but said in some circumstances, biological parents are allowed to visit with kids.

“When we have kids in our care, we do our best to keep them safe. And in this particular case, we’re going to do everything we can to work with the law enforcement authorities and get them back,” Gilmore said on Tuesday. He also said he was not able to explain how Covington was able to take her kids away from a CYFD social worker.

Covington is now facing multiple charges in the case including assault, which police say took place during the abduction.

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