Couple accused in Leland Valdez fatal abuse case both out of jail

Posted: May 27, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Tabetha Van Holtz, the mother charged with beating to death her 3-year-old son, Leland, in January, was allowed to post bond Thursday. Behind Van Holtz are her sisters, Kayla Van Holtz, left, and Sara Stewart, and her mother, Cindy Stewart. (Photo by Natalie Guillén/The New Mexican)

Tabetha Van Holtz, the 22-year-old mother charged along with her boyfriend of beating to death her son, 3-year-old Leland Valdez, walked out of jail Thursday night.

The 9-months pregnant Van Holtz is on GPS monitoring after posting a $300,000 bond — her family posted $200,000 in property and she was granted a signature bond of $100,000 for the remaining portion of the bond.

She left jail at 10:05 p.m. Thursday, according to jail records. She had been incarcerated since Jan. 24 when she and her boyfriend were arrested after they took an unconscious Leland Valdez to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center. They have said the boy fell off a kitchen chair while eating soup, hit his head and then started having seizures.

Leland died two days later.

Her boyfriend, 20-year-old Steven Gallegos, posted his $300,000 bond on May 10 and was released from jail.

Both are awaiting trial for various abuse charges, including child abuse resulting in death, and both face a potential 39 years in prison if found guilty.

Here is a link to Friday’s story concerning the bond modification:

Here are some other past articles on the case:

  1. geoffgrammer says:

    Here is a link to KOAT-TV’s story from Friday evening:

    Geoff Grammer

  2. […] Couple accused in Leland Valdez fatal abuse case both out of jail […]

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