Officers Who Went To Boy's Home Under Scrutiny

Feb 7, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — In a development related to a 9-year-old boy's death months later, Albuquerque police say two officers left the boy's home long before reporting that they'd finished responding to a 911 call from the home.

The officers went to the home last June in response to the 911 call in which a dispatcher overheard profane and abusive comments. Months later, the mother of Omaree Varela was arrested in the boy's death at the home.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, Police Chief Allen Banks says the officers were at the home for only 15 or 20 minutes but didn't report leaving the scene until about 90 minutes later.

Banks says that's one reason the officers have been placed on administrative leave with pay pending an investigation.