ALBUQUERQUE, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- A New Mexico mother admitted she sought out men to rape her daughter in the weeks leading up to the girl' s eventual killing, police said.
Michelle, 35, said she found one person at work and two on dating site Plenty of Fish to sexually assault her daughter and another child because she enjoyed watching it.
Investigators have rounded all electronic equipment from Martens' apartment, in the hope of finding some recording of abuse or of the actual killing of the child.
A witness recalled seeing Kelley carry Victoria down the stairs on the evening of Aug. 23, though it is not known if the child was dead or alive at that point. Screams were later heard coming from the apartment.
Albuquerque Police spokesperson Officer Tanner Tixier said Victoria was given methamphetamine then raped, strangled and stabbed.
This is all about drugs, how they dehumanize you, how they open you up to demonic invasion. These people should get the death penalty if proven guilty and it appears that will not be difficult.
This horrific story involves the 5th mother of children who either sexually abused them or stood by while others did, that I have reported today. How dreadful!
Details of what Gov. Susana Martinez and law enforcement officials described as an unspeakable crime emerged Thursday in a criminal complaint made public and filed against the girl's mother, her boyfriend and his cousin. The three were taken into custody late Wednesday night.
Police say the girl was injected with methamphetamine, sexually assaulted, strangled and stabbed before being dismembered. They did not identify her because authorities were still trying Thursday to reach some relatives to notify them of the girl's death.
A caller told a police dispatcher before dawn Wednesday that there was a disturbance in the apartment, said Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden. Officers who went to the apartment complex in a middle-class neighborhood found the gruesome crime scene.
"This is a horrific tragedy for our community," Eden told reporters. "I want to assure the public that we will pursue justice and we will make sure that we exhaust every resource into this investigation."
By Thursday morning, a makeshift shrine for the girl had emerged underneath a tree at the apartment complex — with relatives and friends leaving flowers, balloons, stuffed animals and lit candles.
Martinez said in a statement the abuse and killing of the girl "is unspeakable and justice should come down like a hammer."
Gonzales denied having anything to do with the girl's death as he was led out of the police station in handcuffs late Wednesday as reporters yelled questions at him. The girl's mother said nothing as she was led out and placed into the back of a police car.
Police said Kelley was hospitalized late Wednesday and will be booked after she is released. No details were disclosed about why she was hospitalized.
According to the criminal complaint, the mother told police Gonzales drugged the girl so he could calm her down and have sex with her. She said Kelley held her hand over the child's mouth and she stabbed the girl in the stomach after Gonzales had choked her.
The complaint also states that the mother told investigators that Gonzales and Kelley dismembered the girl.
One of the police officers who arrived at the apartment found the girl's body in a bathroom, rolled up in a blanket that had been set on fire. The officer put it out.
Kelley's arrest record includes battery, domestic violence and drug charges — most of them dismissed. Online court records show no criminal history in New Mexico for Martens.
Mug shots of Martens and Gonzales released by police showed them with bruises on their faces. In his statement in the criminal complaint, Gonzales said his cousin hit him and Martens with an iron.
Laura Bobbs, a local minister, told the Albuquerque Journal she was planning the girl's birthday celebration for when the child was supposed to arrive home from school Wednesday afternoon. They were going to have pedicures and manicures and eat cake.
Bobbs broke down sobbing and yelling Wednesday outside the apartment complex as detectives investigated.
"Who does this to a little child?" she asked. "Oh Jesus. Oh what evil."