Editor’s Note: According to court documents, a judge and prosecutors have moved to dismiss charges against both Gloria and Debbie Montoya. On May 11, 2022, Bernalillo County Judge Nina Safir dismissed all charges against Debbie Montoya, citing issues with probable cause in the case. The ruling states the case cannot be refiled.

Due to that decision, prosecutors with the Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office filed subsequent paperwork to dismiss charges against Gloria Montoya on May 12. According to that court document, Judge Safier found in Debbie Montoya’s case that “‘there was no proof of [Debbie Montoya’s] intent to commit theft.'” Prosecutors say the judge also “did not find probable cause that child abuse occurred because the State could not show how long the child was left inside the vehicle.”


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A mother and daughter duo, Debbie Montoya, 54, and Gloria Montoya, 27, are accused of scavenging for goods at a home of a dead man. The pair was arrested at the home near Bridge and Isleta in March 2022. After Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene, they found a blue Ford Focus parked in the back of the home with a nine-month-old boy.

Also in the car were meth pipes, brass knuckles, throwing knives, and nunchucks, according to deputies. Body camera video shows the Montoyas both denied they were doing anything wrong. “We were driving by and we saw the locks were off the door,” said Debbie Montoya in a deputy’s body camera video recording.

Body camera video recordings show the pair then told deputies they were looking at houses in their old neighborhood. They also said they were checking on the house of a deceased man they used to know.

Deputies accused the mother-daughter duo of helping themselves to what they wanted. During the investigation, deputies spoke to a neighbor who said they noticed their mother and daughter’s car parked at the house earlier in the week.

The baby boy in the car was eventually picked up by CYFD.

According to a criminal complaint, the owners of the home told deputies the women did not have permission to be in the house. Both women were charged with burglary and child abuse. The baby’s mother was also charged with unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon for the brass knuckles and nunchucks.