Following several child deaths, community holds ‘March Against Child Abuse’

On the heels of a brutal week for many New Mexico children, the annual March Against Child Abuse was held in Albuquerque and for the first time in three years, the CYFD secretary attended.

It’s only been a week since 5-year-old Sara Dubois Gilbeau died. Police say Sara’s dad beat her to death with a water shoe. Since then, two more children in Albuquerque have died.

“The child deaths we’ve had this week are just awful,” said march organizer Veronica Garcia.

An eight-year-old was shot near Paseo Del Norte and San Pedro Sunday and on Tuesday, an 11-month-old died at a hotel after police say her father left her in the bathroom with the shower on. When he returned to check on her hours later, the chair she was in had tipped over and she was unresponsive.

Looking back on a horrific week, dozens of people gathered for the 3rd Annual March Against Child Abuse in Albuquerque and for the first time, CYFD officials were marching with the crowd. 

“A big thing is around community and renewing and rebuilding relationships,”

Newly appointed CYFD Secretary Brian Blalock says the department is undergoing a major transformation. 

“We want to turn frustration and anger into solutions so we can work together and be a better place for kids,” said Blalock.

He knows regaining trust from the community may take some time and tells KRQE News 13 that’s one of the biggest priorities. At this point, no one has been arrested for the shooting death of the eight-year-old girl. 

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