Farmington woman faces child abuse charges
Hope Graciano arrested Monday after bringing child to hospital
FARMINGTON — A Farmington woman is facing multiple charges for allegedly abusing a foster child.
Hope Graciano, 53, is accused of abuse of a child (great bodily harm), intimidation of a witness and two counts of abuse of a child, according to a Farmington Police Department press release.
Graciano was arrested by police detectives and booked in the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on Monday.
The release states Graciano brought an 11-year-old foster child to the San Juan Regional Medical Center on Sept. 25 and claimed the child had fallen while practicing dives for soccer.
The injuries were considered serious, and the victim was flown to the University of New Mexico Children's Hospital in Albuquerque, according to the release.
An investigation was initiated by the department after the child's injuries were found to be inconsistent with Graciano's report, the release states.
Search warrants were executed for Graciano's residence, and detectives, along with personnel from New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department, interviewed the other children who had been placed in Graciano's care.
Farmington Cpt. Taft Tracy said the foster children were removed from the home.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Detective Chris Blea at 505-599-1005 or San Juan County Crime Stoppers tip line at 505-334-8477.