Mother charged with choking 11-year-old son

Steve Garrison
Lindra George

AZTEC – A 30-year-old Kirtland woman was accused this week of choking and punching her 11-year-old son while intoxicated.

Lindra George made an initial appearance Friday in Aztec Magistrate Court on a charge of first-degree felony child abuse.

She previously pleaded no contest to child abandonment in November. She pleaded guilty in June to child abuse, a fourth-degree felony, and drunken driving, a first offense, according to court records.

George was being held at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $50,000 bond, court records state. She had not retained legal representation.

A detective from the San Juan County Sheriff's Office was dispatched Tuesday night to the San Juan Regional Medical Center after receiving reports of the alleged child abuse, according to the arrest warrant affidavit. George's son was being treated at the hospital for injuries to his face and neck, the affidavit states.

He told the detective his mother was drunk when he arrived home from school earlier that day. He said she berated him, and when he left the residence to text his stepmother, she became enraged and began choking him, according to the affidavit.

The boy told the detective his mother choked him several times and punched him in the face repeatedly. A friend of his mother's boyfriend eventually arrived at the residence and gave the boy a ride to his father's house, the affidavit states.

The boy was released from the hospital into the custody of his father, according to the affidavit.

George was arrested at her residence on County Road 6100 in Kirtland. She will appear at a preliminary examination hearing on March 3.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644.