- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 7, 2017

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) - The Latest on a garden cultivated by New Mexico preschoolers (all times local):

12:40 p.m.

School officials say a garden cultivated by New Mexico preschoolers believed to be ravaged by vandals was actually mistakenly destroyed by maintenance workers.

Eastern New Mexico University said Tuesday police looked at surveillance footage of the school’s Child Development Center and discovered that physical plant employees inadvertently decimated the garden while mowing.

School officials initially believed the Portales school’s garden was raided by vandals of its green beans, peas and squash planted by 3- and 4-year-olds.

The school says staff discovered the missing plants Monday before taking the children out to tend to the garden.

In 2014, vandals picked clean the same school’s pumpkin patch that also was cultivated by preschoolers. Two teens later confessed to that heist.

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8 a.m.

School officials say vandals have ravaged a garden cultivated by New Mexico preschoolers.

Eastern New Mexico University’s Child Development Center said the Portales school’s garden recently was raided of its green beans, peas and squash planted by 3- and 4-year-olds.

The school says staff discovered the missing plants Monday before taking the children out to tend to the garden.

Staff had monitored the plants growing to between 8-10 inches.

Child Development Center Director Lara Vaughan says seeds for the plants came from a United States Department of Agriculture grant.

No arrests have been made.

In 2014, vandals picked clean the same school’s pumpkin patch that also was cultivated by preschoolers. Two teens later confessed to that heist.

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