BEACON TRANSCRIPT – New Mexico authorities are about to wrap up the case of Jeremiah Valencia, the 13-year-old New Mexico boy, who was found buried in his family’s backyard. The details regarding Jeremiah’s death are grisly, to say the least.
Slain New Mexico Boy Locked in Dog’s Kennel
On Tuesday, the New Mexico prosecutors have announced that the tragic case of 13-year-old Jeremiah Valencia is about to be concluded. The boy’s parents, 42-year-old Thomas Ferguson and 35-year-old Tracy Pena, along with the boy’s elder brother have arrested and charged with first-degree murder.
According to Marco Serna, the Santa Fe district attorney, the circumstances of Valencia’s death are blood-chilling, the boy having been subjected to extreme trauma over the years. Serna revealed that the boy’s story began with his father beating him senseless behind the family’s house in an attempt to discipline the 13-year-old.
To further enforce his authority, the boy was locked in the dog’s kennel hours at an end and starved on purpose. According to the authorities, Tracy Pena, Valencia’s mother was the one who found her son dead in the family’s backyard and that her husband buried the boy near a state road in order to cover up their tracks.
The autopsy revealed that the slain New Mexico boy died approximately two months ago. However, Valencia’s baby sister was told that her brother died sometime around Thanksgiving. Upon interviewing the boy’s family, the prosecutors discovered that no one knew for sure what happened to Jeremiah, some of them being told that the boy was taken to live with his uncle in another town.
Baffling enough, Valencia’s siblings didn’t show any signs of abuse. When confronted with the deed, the perpetrators said that they merely wanted to discipline young Jeremiah and that they went too far.
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