ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) — The brutal murder of a 10-year-old girl shocked a New Mexico community, devastating even the most seasoned police officers. Even more shocking is that one of the people accused of doing it is the girl’s own mother.
Details of the torment 10-year-old Victoria Martens endured early Wednesday morning are emerging. The details are quite graphic.
“They injected this little girl with methamphetamines to make her calm down so they could do what they wanted to, to this little girl,” said Albuquerque Police Officer Tanner Tixier.
Albuquerque police say the people behind the crime include her own mother, Michelle Martens, her mother’s boyfriend, Fabian Gonzales and Gonzales’ cousin, Jessica Kelley.
Police say it all happened in the mother’s apartment at Irving and Golf Course in Albuquerque early Wednesday morning, after someone reported a disturbance. When police arrived, they found the little girl’s remains under a burning blanket.
Police soon learned the girl had been dismembered in what they believe was an attempt to cover up the crime. And police say the torment she endured before that is hard to even fathom.
“They injected this little girl with methamphetamines to make her calm down so they could do what they wanted to, to this little girl,” Albuquerque Police Officer Tanner Tixier said.
All three suspects are charged with the girl’s murder, child abuse, kidnapping and other charges. Kelley and Gonzales are both also charged with rape.
Victoria’s mother admitted to watching it all.
Gonzales and Martens were seen being taken into custody by police Wednesday night, with bruises on their face they claim are from Jessica Kelley attacking them with an iron during the incident.
They were both escorted out of the Albuquerque Police Department Main Station in handcuffs and transported to the Metropolitan Detention Center. When pressed for answers about what happened, Gonzales pinned everything on Kelley.
“I tried my best to protect Michelle and the baby,” Gonzales said. “Jessica Kelley did it.”
Media General affiliate KRQE News 13 learned the suspects in the girl’s death have preexisting criminal records. Kelley and Gonzales both have extensive rap sheets.
Both Kelley and Gonzales have violent histories with multiple charges of battery against a household member. Gonzales has four battery charges on his record, two resulting in great bodily harm. He was also charged with an open count of child abuse in 2014 and abandonment of a child that same year.
Jessica Kelley’s record is similarly extensive. She also has four battery charges on her sheet, plus one pending domestic abuse charge she’s supposed to appear in court for on August 29th. Those charges were filed back in 2011.
Kelley pleaded no contest to assaulting an officer in 2007 and to DWI in 2011. She was found guilty of another DWI in 2010. Kelley also has two shoplifting charges and one drug trafficking charge.
According to New Mexico Courts, Kelley and another woman were previously charged with raping a woman. Those charges were dismissed, but Kelley was convicted of being there, which is a sex crime. A judge gave her three years and she served them all after violating her probation.
According to Kelley’s Facebook page, she was released from prison just ten days ago. That’s when she moved in with her cousin and his girlfriend, and tragically, Victoria.
Kelley’s conviction for conspiracy to commit rape did not require her to register as a sex offender, or keep away from children.
Michelle Martens has no preexisting criminal record, according to NM Courts. The only cases found for her were related to child support.
All three suspects appeared before a judge on Thursday. The judge set their bond at $1 million, cash-only.