- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 25, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An Albuquerque boy allegedly kicked to death by his mother last year had injuries over much of his body and died from “blunt trauma.”

Details of Omaree Varela’s death were included in an autopsy report released Tuesday to the Albuquerque Journal (https://bit.ly/1jEuWy5 ).

The boy’s mother, Synthia Varela-Casaus, has pleaded not guilty to more than 20 charges related to the boy’s death. She has been in jail on a $100,000 bond since her arrest in December.

The autopsy report shows the boy suffered swelling of the brain, bruising, scrapes and severe internal bleeding. He also had burn marks on his chest and other injuries that were consistent with a history of abuse.

The report also notes the state Children, Youth and Families Department had nine referrals about the family and the boy and two were substantiated.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, https://www.abqjournal.com

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