Dismembered Girl's Mom Allegedly Used Internet to Find Men to Sexually Assault Her Daughter: Reports
New Mexico mom Michelle Martens allegedly said she used an online dating service to find men to sexually assault her 10-year-old daughter, according to multiple reports
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The mother of a 10-year-old New Mexico girl found dismembered in her family’s home last month allegedly told police she sought out men to sexually assault her daughter because she enjoyed watching, multiple reports say, shedding new light on a historically violent crime.
Michelle Martens allegedly told police she set up at least three encounters with men to sexually assault her daughter, Victoria Martens, even seeking them out online and at work, according to police documents obtained by the Albuquerque Journal.
“Michelle said, ‘Yeah’ when asked if she would agree with them over the Internet or over the phone that they would come over and have sex with her children,” an investigator alleged in one document, according to the Journal.
Martens allegedly told authorities that she used the dating website Plenty of Fish to find men who would have sex with Victoria, the Associated Press reports.
She allegedly told investigators that she met two online, including Gonzales, and that one man was a coworker, according to the AP.
In one of the most gruesome crimes in Albuquerque history, police said Victoria was injected with methamphetamine, sexually assaulted then killed before being dismembered in August. Police found the girl’s remains under a burning blanket in the family’s bathroom on Aug. 24.
Martens, 35, boyfriend Fabian Gonzales, 31, and Gonzales’ cousin, 31-year-old Jessica Kelley, were arrested and charged with kidnapping, child abuse resulting in death, tampering with evidence, conspiracy to commit child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to a criminal complaint obtained by PEOPLE.
Additionally, Kelly and Gonzales were charged with criminal sexual penetration of a minor. Gonzalez and Martens have pleaded not guilty, according to officials. It was not immediately clear if Kelly has entered a plea or if any have retained attorneys.
During the investigation, authorities discovered a camcorder they said they believe may have been use to exploit Martens’ children, according to the AP.
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The night before authorities found Victoria’s body, neighbors allegedly saw Kelley carrying the little girl down the stairs from an apartment, witnesses told police, according to the Journal.
A neighbor allegedly overheard Kelley ask Martens, “Are you ready?” the Journal reports. Witnesses also reported hearing screams coming from the apartment around 3 a.m.
As investigators work to piece together the events leading up to Victoria’s slaying, the father of Martens’ other children is seeking orders of protection against her, Gonzales and Kelley, KOAT reports.
Martens allegedly told police that in her search for the men, she could tell if they were interested in having intercourse with children because she “saw the signs” and “things” the men did, KOAT reports.
Arizona’s Children, Youth and Families Secretary Monique Jacobson told KOAT that the department did not receive any reports of sexual or physical abuse regarding Victoria or her younger brother.
The death shocked the city, with Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden Jr. calling it “the most gruesome act of evil I have ever seen in my career,” according to the AP.
In a statement, according to ABC News, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said Victoria’s abuse and killing “is unspeakable and justice should come down like a hammer.”