Shanevan Beyale
Shanevan Beyale (Courtesy of Farmington Police Department)

FARMINGTON — Police on Friday arrested Farmington parents on suspicion of abusing their seven-month-old son.

The father, Shanevan Beyale, 22, was charged with criminal sexual penetration, child abuse, battery on a household member and possession of drug paraphernalia. Keasha Morales, the 23-year-old mother, was charged with child abuse.

At about 11:15 p.m., Farmington police were called to Travelodge, 510 Scott Ave., because Beyale and Morales were in the lobby of the hotel accusing each other of raping a child, according to a probable cause statement for the couples' arrest.

Hotel employees said Beyale was carrying the boy, who was pale and unresponsive, and wouldn't hand the child over to Morales, according to court documents.

According to witnesses to the argument, Morales said she took the child into the bathroom and noticed he had blood on him and accused Beyale of abusing the child.

Beyale said he found a sex toy in the baby's blanket and was accusing Morales of abuse, according to hotel staff.

Police searched the room and said it was a mess and smelled like cat urine, according to court documents.

The child was taken to San Juan Regional Medical Center. Children Youth and Families Department officials responded to the hospital and took custody of the child, according to a Farmington police news release.

Police spokeswoman Georgette Allen said CYFD officials report the child is doing well.

Police arrested both parents at the hotel.

During an interview, police said that Beyale admitted to sexually abusing the boy. At the hospital, staff completed a "Sexual Assault Offenders" exam on him, according to court documents. Beyale also said he had smoked methamphetamine and threw the meth pipe off the hotel balcony before the police were called.

Farmington police said in court documents they found the meth pipe outside of the couples' hotel window and charged Beyale for possessing it.

Keasha Morales
Keasha Morales (Courtesy of Farmington Police Department)

Beyale was charged with criminal sexual penetration against a child under 13 years old, which is a first-degree felony punishable by up to 18 years in prison. He was also charged with battery on a household member because he hit Morales in the hotel lobby, according to court documents.

Both parents were charged with child abuse because they placed the child "into a dangerous situation whereby they could not care for the child due to their altered mental status from the drugs they claimed to have abused," according to court documents.

Beyale and Morales have preliminary hearings on Feb. 19 in magistrate court.

Beyale has a history of violence. He was convicted for assault against a household member and battery in July 2009; battery against a household member in May 2011; and battery against a peace officer in January 2012.

Morales' only criminal conviction was for driving while intoxicated in July 2011.

Beyale is being held on a $641,442 bond and Morales is being held on a $50,000 bond, according to police.


Ryan Boetel covers crime for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644 and rboetel@daily-times.com. Follow him on Twitter @rboetel on Twitter.