Attorney: Omaree Varela’s mother to plead guilty


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Omaree Varela’s mom, Synthia Varela-Casaus was ready to go to trial for killing her 9-year-old son. Thursday, her attorney said Varela-Casaus plans to plead guilty to charges instead.

More than two years ago, Varela-Casaus told KRQE News 13 Omaree’s death was an accident.

“I was disciplining him and I kicked him the wrong way, it was an accident,” Varela-Casaus said during her arrest in December, 2013.

She’s charged with kicking her 9-year-old son to death. “I messed up,” she added.

Since Omaree’s death, the public has learned more about the abuse he suffered during his short life.

“You make everybody sick around you, Omaree, everybody,” Steve Casaus, Omaree’s step-dad, is heard shouting during a 911 call, six months before Omaree’s death. “You make me and your mom f***ing pissed, man.”

Both Albuquerque police and the Children Youth and Families Department had encounters with the family.

The 9-year-old’s autopsy revealed chilling injuries. Omaree’s story sparked public outcry.

“I just feel his voice needs to carry on, it’s sad it took his life to get the state’s attention,” said Hannah Hayes, during the one year anniversary vigil for Omaree, in December of 2014.

Last September, Steve Casaus was handed a verdict for his role in Omaree’s death.

“We find the defendant guilty of child abuse recklessly caused or recklessly permitted resulting in death,” the judge read.

Steve Casaus was found guilty of not stepping in to stop the abuse, not calling 911, or trying to get Omaree to a hospital the day he died.

Casaus was sentenced to 30 years.

The prosecutor said police lapel video had a big impact on the jury.

Last year, Omaree’s mom was sent to a mental hospital. A judge recently found her competent to stand trial, which was set for September.

Thursday, Assistant Public Defender, Todd Farkus said Varela-Casaus doesn’t want to put her young daughter through another trial, and will plead guilty to charges.

That means Varela-Casaus faces a 40 year prison sentence for the death of her son.

There has not been a date set for when Varela-Casaus will officially make that guilty plea in court, but her attorney said it should be in the next couple weeks.

A spokesman for the District Attorney’s office said they cannot comment on this case yet, until Varela-Casuas officially makes her plea.

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