- Associated Press - Friday, February 7, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry says a task force of experts will scrutinize circumstances surrounding the death of a 9-year-old boy.

Berry says the city needs to do more than just determine whether police officers adequately handled several situations involving the boy’s family.

The mother of Omaree Varela has been arrested in his death, which occurred after he and his family had come into contact with police under various circumstances.

Berry says the task force will try to find ways to help other children in what the mayor called “horrific circumstances.”

The mayor says the city will spend up to $50,000 on the task force. He says it will bring in experts on abuse, poverty, hunger, substance abuse and the legal system,.

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