Parents arrested after son dies of cancer


SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Santa Fe Police Department reports that it has made two arrests in a child neglect case. SFPD states that on Thursday, September 10, detectives were called to investigate after the department was notified of a 14-year-old male that was transferred to an Albuquerque-area hospital with a severe form of cancer.

“This was a child who was enrolled in the National Dance Institute and performed various forms of dance. Played basketball and in the recent months, hadn’t been active because his cancer had taken over his life,” said Captain Anthony Tapia of the Santa Fe Police Department.

Police say medical staff did not believe the male would survive through the night as the child had a large tumor that encircled the majority of his left torso. Authorities say as detectives were investigating the incident, the child died late Thursday evening.

During the investigation, police discovered that the parents of the child had allegedly neglected to provide medical attention to the child for two years and that he had stopped eating three weeks before he was hospitalized. Police have charged 53-year-old Maria Urias-Astorga and 54-year-old Ramiro Miranda-Quinonez of Santa Fe with abuse of a child recklessly caused or permitted resulting in death.

A neighbor, who has known the family for years, believes the parents just didn’t know he had cancer. “They were trying to help their child and they would help their child but maybe they didn’t know. Like I said, he was a spoiled kid. He was the baby of the family,” said neighbor Evelyn Holguin.

The parents were taken into custody on Friday evening and have been booked at the Santa Fe County Adult Detention Center. SFPD is working with the District Attorney’s Office in the prosecution of both parents.

The couple told police they just thought their son was depressed. They’re charged with child abuse resulting in death.

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