Las Cruces—Margaret Edmond, 58, mother of Manuel Telles-Edmond was arraigned today and pled not guilty on a charge of Child Abuse Intentionally Caused for her actions against her 11-month old grandson. Third Judicial District Judge Douglas Driggers set a $5,000 unsecured bond and ordered her not to have contact with anyone under 18 years of age, her grandson or his mother, or her co-defendant son Manuel Telles-Edmond.
At the same time, in Chief Judge Fernando Macias’ courtroom, the defense counsel for Manuel Telles-Edmond requested a bond reduction from $50,000 to $5-10,000 citing that Manuel had no prior convictions, had the ability to gain future employment, was working on his GED and was not opposed to any other court ordered restrictions.
Chief Judge Fernando Macias noted that Telles had no prior convictions to which Assistant District Attorney Rebecca Duffin argued that the $50,000 current bond should remain in place saying “I can’t stress enough that this man is a danger to the community. Upon arrest there were guns in the home which he admitted were probably stolen because he had obtained them from friends. These guns included 4 air assault weapons, 2 handguns and 2 rifles. He held his family hostage, including his 11-month old child, who never left the home. The victim is in fear of him as he has made extensive threats in the past and fears his release. The combination of drugs and guns is solid evidence that was found and to which he admitted were his.”
During the proceeding the victim told her advocate from the district attorney’s office that she had recently received a letter from Manuel Telles-Edmond, a clear violation of court ordered restrictions. A copy of the letter was not available to the court.
Chief Judge Fernando Macias inquired as to the current location of the guns and the nature of the letter. Duffin stated that the guns had been confiscated and though it was her understanding the letter was not violent in nature she would be requesting the letter from the victim. Judge Macias postponed his decision regarding bond until the letter was produced to the court.
Edmond’s girlfriend reported to authorities in January that Manuel held her against her will and threatened her with a handgun. A search of the home revealed methamphetamines, drug paraphernalia, a large amount of animal urine and feces throughout and a lack of basic utilities.
Cameras in the home recorded Margaret Edmond slapping her 11-month old grandson on the hand repeatedly, jabbing him in the face when he attempts to untuck a blanket in his crib and knocking the seated child down so that he strikes his head on one of the crib bars. The young child received little human contact as he was quarantined to his crib almost entirely on a daily basis.
A future bond hearing for Manuel Telles-Edmond has not yet been set.