By Associated Press - Friday, September 30, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Santa Fe Archbishop John Wester is set to hold a symposium on child well-being in New Mexico after a string of high-profile child abuse cases and reports of the state’s high child poverty rate.

Wester will convene experts and child advocates to a public forum on Saturday at St. Pius X High School in Albuquerque.

The symposium comes weeks after Albuquerque police found a 10-year-old’s dismembered body in a tub. Authorities say the girl’s mom admitted to officers that her boyfriend raped the girl after giving her methamphetamine.

It also comes as the Albuquerque advocacy group New Mexico Voices for Children said earlier this year New Mexico had the highest rate of child poverty in the United States.

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