Police arrest Albuquerque teen for mother’s murder

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque Police Department homicide detectives have arrested and charged a teen for the death of his mother on Wednesday. APD reports that 16-year-old Michael Gallegos was detained at the scene at the family’s home on Sun Dancer Drive in northwest Albuquerque near Paradise and Unser early Wednesday morning.

Authorities have identified the mother as 41-year-old Sara Gallegos. She was reportedly found deceased in her bedroom with several injuries including several large lacerations from a knife.

Police say Michael may have been on LSD at the time. When questioned, the teen claimed that he couldn’t remember what happened and is facing an open count of murder.

After being questioned by police, the teen was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center. The New Mexico Children, Youth & Families Department tells KRQE News 13 they never had any contact with the family but they are now involved in the investigation.

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