- Associated Press - Monday, August 29, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Officials with Albuquerque and Bernalillo County are meeting to discuss ways to better prevent child abuse after a 10-year-old girl was murdered last week.

KOB-TV reports (https://bit.ly/2bwyRhO ) officials will meet Tuesday to discuss possible solutions for better drug treatment, mental health services and child abuse prevention in the wake of the death of Victoria Martens.

Police say Victoria was drugged, raped and strangled before her body was dismembered the day she was supposed to celebrate her 10th birthday with family and friends.

Three people - including the girl’s mother and the mother’s boyfriend - have been arrested in the killing.

The meeting, organized by Bernalillo County Commissioner Debbie O’Malley and Albuquerque City Councilor Klarissa Pena, will also look for funds for more social workers and find ways for schools and law enforcement to work more closely to fight abuse.


The version corrects the spelling of Martens.


Information from: KOB-TV, https://www.kob.com

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