- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - One of two Albuquerque police officers under investigation for how they handled a child abuse call involving Omaree Varela has been fired.

The police department terminated Officer Gil Vigil on Wednesday.

Vigil’s attorney, Sam Bregman, says his client’s termination is unjustified and that the officer wants his job back.

Vigil and another officer were placed on administrative leave in February after it was discovered that they went to the boy’s home in June to respond to a 911 call in which a dispatcher overheard threatening, profane and abusive comments.

The police department had said the officers never listened to the call and did not file a report.

Six months later, the boy died after his mother allegedly kicked him to death. She has been charged and remains jailed.



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