More on Little Leland coming this weekend

Posted: February 3, 2011 in Uncategorized
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A cell-phone picture I snapped of a sticker on a truck window at Tuesday's funeral in Pojoaque for 3-year0old Leland Valdez.

Julie Ann Grimm and I have been plugging away this week on a series of stories on the state’s Children, Youth and Families Department and the anatomy of the Leland Valdez tragedy.

The package of stories with some new information on the case and CYFD as well as some re-purposed information from the past two weeks of coverage of the case will be featured in Sunday’s New Mexican. Hope you take a look.

Comments
  1. stewie griffin says:

    Take a look at last weekend’s dui mugshots page. Leland’s dad Andrew is one of the people wanted.

  2. geoffgrammer says:

    Yes he was “Stewie” … and The New Mexican decided not to pull the photo from our coverage of Operation Descansos, a series of stories related to DWI-related crimes.

    This story, however, is about a 3-year-old boy who police and doctors say was beaten unconscious… bruises and abrasions all over his body that had apparently been suffered over a period of time… he was vomiting uncontrollably when he was taken to the hospital… he never woke up and died the morning of Jan. 26… he was buried in a tiny casket earlier this week in Nambe.

    Five months before his death, his father, Andrew Valdez, first reported to the state of New Mexico that his son had bruises and abrasions all over his body. This blog post is about a series of stories related to whether or not a system designed to protect the state’s children failed to save this one.

    We reported Andrew had a DWI-related warrant when it was appropriate, but I can tell you that making Andrew’s DWI past a primary focus of our coverage of the death of a 3-year-old boy in our community isn’t one of our priorities right now. We aren’t hiding it, as was evident when we reported it last week, but now the coverage is focused on CYFD and the criminal case that surrounds the boy’s mother (Tabetha Van Holtz) and her boyfriend (Steven Gallegos).

    But you’re right. Andrew Valdez’s picture did appear in The New Mexican a week ago related to a past DWI. So good, valid point to make on a post about an entirely different topic.


    Geoff Grammer
    ggrammer@sfnewmexican.com

  3. samantha says:

    Very ignorant “Stewie”! I didn’t hear of Leland Valdez passing away because of his father beating him, did you? No!

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