Crime

LCPD: Couple's infant daughter tested positive for meth and heroin

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico - Police charged a Las Cruces couple suspected of smoking methamphetamine and heroin in their home with child abuse after the couple's 7-month-old daughter allegedly tested positive for the drugs.

Eric Guerrero, 24; and Vydelya Monjaras, 20, are each charged with one count of child abuse, police said.

Detectives learned the state's Children, Youth and Families Department had been monitoring Monjaras since at least February 2017.

Investigators learned Monjaras tested positive for methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin codeine, morphine and heroin metabolite on Aug. 25, 2017 and Guerrero tested positive for the same drugs on Sept. 8.

Police said the couple's 7-month-old daughter was also tested for drugs and her results came back positive for heroin and methamphetamine.

Investigators arrested Guerrero and Monjaras Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 and booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center.

Both Guerrero and Monjaras are being held without bond, police said.

The couple's infant daughter was placed into the custody of child protective services.


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