CLOVIS (KSMX)- Augustin Gallegos of Portales was charged Friday morning by a Grand Jury on charges of First-Degree Kidnapping, Abuse of a child, tampering with evidence, and two counts of contributing to a delinquency of a minor. On Wednesday, May 15, 2019, a 9-year-old female child was reported missing after not returning home from school in Texico, New Mexico.
During the investigation, it was determined by law enforcement the child was taken in a vehicle by Gallegos. Officials located the child locked in a storage room at a church in Portales. Gallegos admitted to transporting the child to Texas and then to Portales, knowing that law enforcement, her family, and the community were searching for the child. Gallegos ultimately admitted he had taken the child and led Texico police to the church at approximately 7:30 a.m. the following morning. The child was unharmed and reunited with her mother.
Gallegos is currently being housed at the Roosevelt County Detention Center on a no-bond hold will be kept in custody for further hearings.