According to the Attorney’s Office, Torres told officials he was "too drunk to remember how he injured" the girl. Torres, who was home with the victim and his 18-month-old son, was reportedly "not fit to supervise the children" and did not seek medical care.
When the victim’s grandparents came home, Torres told them the victim had been missing since that morning, and the grandmother told the victim’s mother, who then contacted law enforcement.
The FBI said Torres was arrested in October 2019 in Pojoaque Pueblo.
On Monday, April 10, the Attorney’s Office announced that Torres pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. His sentencing has not yet been scheduled, but he faces a minimum sentence of 30 years and up to life in prison.
In a statement, FBI Special Agent in Charge Raul Bujanda said, "This conviction demonstrates the continuing commitment of federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement officials to work together to combat violent crime on Native American tribal lands."
Bujanda continued, "The senseless murder of a 5-year-old child is a tragic occurrence, and I’m glad the collaborative effort put forth by all involved agencies has resulted in this conviction. The murder allegation in this complaint revealed an indifference to human life that will not be tolerated."
U.S. Attorney Alexander M.M. Uballez added, "As a crimes against children prosecutor myself, and a father of three, the loss of young life strikes at my core."