ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (CBS Las Vegas/AP) — Police are investigating the death of a 9-year-old boy who called 911 six months prior for help.
The mother of Omaree Varela, Synthia Varela Casaus, has been arrested in his death, which occurred after he and his family had come into contact with police under various circumstances.
According to KOAT-TV, the 911 call was made in late June of last year. Omaree, who died in December, can be heard crying while an adult yells at him in the background.
“I’m trying to teach the (expletive) something, man,” an unnamed male can be heard saying during the call, according to the station. “You don’t want to learn. You want to live a hard life like that. Don’t you Omaree?”
“I swear I’m going to (expletive) have a nervous breakdown. Mainly because of this (expletive) right here. You make everybody sick around you Omaree. Everybody! You make me and your mom (expletive) sick man! I can’t stand you Omaree,” the man can be heard saying later on in the recording.
While Omaree cries and asks the man to stop, the man can be heard yelling at and threatening to hurt him.
It marks the second time the abused child attempted to get help, without success.
Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry says a task force of experts will scrutinize circumstances surrounding the death of the 9-year-old boy.
Berry says the city needs to do more than just determine whether police officers adequately handled several situations involving the boy’s family. He added that the task force will try to find ways to help other children in what the mayor called “horrific circumstances.”
The mayor says the city will spend up to $50,000 on the task force. He says it will bring in experts on abuse, poverty, hunger, substance abuse and the legal system.
Varela-Casaus, 38, was indicted on several charges last month after police say she repeatedly kicked the boy, resulting in his death. She faces one count of child abuse resulting in death, five counts of child abuse and one count of tampering with evidence.
Varela-Casaus initially told police her son injured himself falling off of a bouncing toy horse. She later admitted to getting angry and kicking the child.
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