On June 12, Valencia County (NM) sheriff's deputies arrested Jasmin Davis, 25, after she reportedly waited 18 hours to seek medical attention for her 8-month-old daughter after her boyfriend raped the baby, causing serious injury to the child. Davis has been charged with suspicion of child abuse, tampering with evidence and conspiracy.
On May 24, Davis' boyfriend, Julio Iturralde, 27, locked her out of their room at the Los Lunas Inn, during which time she heard the baby screaming. When he finally opened the door and let Davis back into the room, she discovered a large amount of blood in the baby's diaper, according to a police report.
Davis told police that Iturralde showed no reaction, and simply sat in the room smoking meth after the horrific assault.
The next day, Davis took her daughter to the University of New Mexico Hospital where staff contacted law enforcement.
Initially, Davis told investigators that her daughter was likely hurt while playing with another child that she had been babysitting. It was not until two days later that she admitted to what happened, and that she was also smoking meth with Iturralde before he raped the baby.
The tiny victim suffered massive blood loss as a result of the rape, and remains hospitalized at this time. When released, she will be remanded into the custody of the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department.
Valencia County Sheriff's Captain Gary Hall told KOAT:
When I first started in this career you would have a homicide or somebody that got beat up. Nothing of this nature – and nothing that goes to these extremes. Meth is probably the worst drug that I can ever think of."
Iturralde has been charged with criminal sexual penetration of a child, false imprisonment, and child abuse. He is currently being held at the Valencia County Detention Center without bail.
As it turns out, Iturralde has a violent criminal history. In 2009, he pleaded no contest to a negligent use of a deadly weapon, and in 2007, he was charged with attempted murder. but the case was dismissed, reports the Albuquerque Journal.
Methamphetamine addiction remains the number one reason for admission to drug abuse clinics in New Mexico, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
The New Mexico counties of Bernalillo, Chaves, Hidalgo, Doña Ana, Eddy, Grant, Lea, Lincoln, Luna, Otero, Rio Arriba, Sandoval, San Juan, Santa Fe, Valencia, and Torrance have all been classified as High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas, according to a federal drug report.