Las Cruces—The Grand Jury has indicted Rocky Gardner for Intentional Child Abuse due to his actions towards one of his girlfriend’s sons.
On April 29, 2015 the teen reported feeling sick and believed the cause was the food Gardner had prepared the night prior. Upon arriving from school he asked Gardner about the food, greatly angering Gardner. The boy began cleaning the kitchen discarding the food in question when Gardner allegedly struck him on the left side of his face causing him to fall back then grabbing him by the neck and squeezing rendering him unconscious. Upon regaining consciousness his brother, who had been doing yard work, was standing over him saying “Let’s go!” while Gardner ranted threats of killing them in the background.
The boys were able to call their mother for help from a neighbor’s home.
Prosecution of Rocky Gardner is pending.