SILVER CITY — Jaclynn Legarda, the mother facing child abuse and other charges in connection with the alleged beating death of her 3-year-old daughter at her boyfriend's hands, had her bond reduced during her arraignment in Silver City Magistrate Court last week.
Legarda, 27, has been charged along with her boyfriend, Nicholas Grijalva, 30, in connection with the beating death of Alizandra Jasso, Legarda's daughter with Michael Alcorta, following a Feb. 7 incident at home the couple were living at in the 3200 block of Highway 35 in the Mimbres.
According to court documents, at her arraignment on Friday, Silver City Magistrate Court Judge Maurine Laney changed Legarda's $75,000 cash-only bail to $75,000 bondable with 10 percent down, but denied a request for a furlough, submitted by attorney Daniel Dietzel.
Legarda and Grijalva have both been charged with multiple counts of child abuse and other charges in connection with the beating death of Alizandra and the abuse of two of Legarda's other children, two boys ages 6 and 8.
Grant County Sheriff's deputies responded to the couple's home on Feb. 7 in reference to an ambulance call for an unresponsive child who had reportedly fallen from a dirt embankment. When deputies arrived, Alizandra was lifeless and had to be airlifted to an El Paso hospital with life-threatening injuries. Later that day, deputies received a call from medical professionals who told them that the girl was in critical condition and being
According to the criminal complaint filed in Magistrate Court, in an interview with deputies, Legarda told them that Grijalva beat Alizandra as punishment for her going to the bathroom in her pants, first slamming her on the toilet, then slapping her on the chest and face with an open hand, slamming her into the shower door and on the floor, then slamming her against the toilet and rendering her unconscious before laying her on the bed and telling Legarda that the baby was going to die. The child's last words, according to Legarda, were "No, daddy, no."
Legarda also told deputies, according to the report, that Grijalva had previously beat her 6-year-old son on the head with a teapot, causing gashes to his head. According to the same complaint, Legarda's 8-year-old son reportedly told a Children Youth and Families Department investigator that Grijalva beat him with a broom handle and his fist, and the 6-year-old told the investigator that Grijalva beat him with the tea pot, his boot, and a board. Both boys told the investigator that their mother and Grijalva were lying when they told deputies that their sister had fallen.
Grijalva was arrested Feb. 12 and charged with nine felony counts in connection with the beating death of Alizandra and the abuse of Legarda's two young boys.
Legarda was arrested Feb. 14 and is being charged with seven felony counts, including three counts of child abuse, in connection with the death of her little girl and the alleged abuse of her two sons at Grijalva's hands.
At her arraignment, Legarda was determined to be indigent and will be assigned a public defender. She reported no income, other than $668 a month in food stamps. Said she was single, and lived with her grandmother and four dependents at a home on Summit Road in Silver City.
She is being charged with three third-degree felony counts of child abuse (no death or great bodily harm); one count of tampering with evidence (a third-degree felony in this instance) for allegedly removing Alizandra's clothes following the incident and cleaning the bedroom with intent to prevent the apprehension, prosecution of conviction of Grijalva; two fourth-degree felony counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for allegedly causing or encouraging her sons to lie about what caused Alizandra's injuries; and one misdemeanor count of false reporting, for allegedly knowingly providing deputies with a different pair of shoes than the ones Alizandra was wearing on the day of the incident.
Legarda was transferred from the Grant County Detention Center on Friday to the Hidalgo County Detention Center, for her own protection, a detention center official said. Grijalva also had to be transferred to the Hidalgo County Detention Center following his arrest, for his own protection. He is being held on a $250,000 cash-only bond. He was also declared indigent during his arraignment last week and will be assigned a public defender, likely from the Capital Crimes Unit in Albuquerque.
Legarda is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Silver City Magistrate Court on Feb. 28.
Grijalva is scheduled to have his preliminary hearing March 7, also in Silver City Magistrate Court.
Christine Steele can be reached at 575-538-5893 ext. 5802.