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For Immediate Release

July 29, 2011 DUSM Ben Segotta, District of New Mexico (505) 462-2330
Negligent Parents Arrested

Las Cruces, NM - On July 27, 2011 United States Marshals Service Deputies in the District of New Mexico arrested Joe Torres and Heather Soto in Las Cruces. Soto and Torres were arrested on charges of intentional child abuse resulting in death.

Torres and Soto were charged by the Las Cruces Police Department for child abuse/neglect resulting in death of Torres’ son, Joe Torres III. It is alleged that the 15 year old son was at a party with his parents where he drank alcohol and died as a result of having a .15 blood alcohol concentration in his body.  On July 27, 2011, information was developed by United States Marshals in the Las Cruces office that both Torres and Soto may be staying with a friend on Fort Bliss in El Paso, TX.  Deputies from the District of New Mexico and West Texas proceeded to the address on Fort Bliss and made contact with Torres who was taken into custody.  Soto was not at the residence but through interviews by the Investigators, Soto was later located in Las Cruces, NM and taken into custody. 

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