Case against mom accused of rooting for daughter during fight closed


ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The case against a mom accused of egging her daughter on during a fight last year has been closed.

The incident happened last March at Taft Middle School in Albuquerque. A fight broke out between two female students and the mother of one of the girls was caught on cell phone video telling her daughter to pummel her classmate.

Deputies said Nicole Morlan was encouraging her daughter to fight, as a teacher was struggling to pull the kids apart. At the time, deputies also said Morlan may have left the other girl a threatening phone message.

She was charged with child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Now it’s been a year and nothing has happened to her. Morlan’s felony case never moved beyond metro court where it has now been closed, because the district attorney’s office didn’t do anything with the case. They failed to secure an indictment and no trial date was set.

Parents at Taft say it sets a bad precedent.

“It’s not right for her to be doing stuff like that. It’s not safe for the kids and it’s not a good example. I definitely think there should have been more consequences for her,” said Julian Wyler.

“It’s bad enough the kids are fighting, to egg them on and to be part of that, that’s not a good parent,” said Jennifer Castillo.

The case can still be pursued by the DA’s Office, but the office could not give KRQE News 13 a reason for why nothing has been done with the case for a year. Albuquerque Public Schools did ban Morlan from the Taft campus after the incident but that ban was lifted at the beginning of the 2016 school year.

This has been a lucky couple months for Albuquerque parents accused of setting bad examples for their kids. Last month, the DA’s Office closed the case against Joshua Benavidez, the dad who took his three kids along for the ride while police say he threw fireworks at a sleeping homeless man, severely burning him.

That case was closed because of missed deadlines, but could be picked up again. Benavidez’s wife was also let off the hook because prosecutors say they couldn’t prove she knew her husband was going to throw fireworks at the homeless man.

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