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Couple faces abuse charges after infant tested positive for meth
Suspects were already facing first-degree felony charges
FARMINGTON — A Farmington couple accused of first-degree child abuse charges face new charges after an infant tested positive for methamphetamine.
Jeremiah Yazziee-Miller, 37, and Jolynn Spahe, 34, were charged Wednesday and accused of a third-degree felony count of child abuse, according to court documents.
Yazziee-Miller and Spahe were charged earlier this month with first-degree counts of child abuse after the male suspect allegedly smoked meth, shook an 11-month-old infant and struck her head twice on a bed's headboard, according to court documents.
Farmington police were dispatched to a report of abuse/neglect about 10:25 p.m. on Aug. 4 in the 2400 block of Farmview Lane.
The new charges stem from Spahe's five other children being drug tested due to the drug use allegations, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
A 20-month-old girl had tested positive for amphetamines and meth.
Christian Hatfield, Yazziee-Miller's attorney, said he recently received the case and his office is investigating the new charge.
Stephen Wayne and Theresa Walker, Spahe's public defenders listed on the case, could not be reached for comment.
Yazziee-Miller told police that he, Spahe and a male all smoked about a "bowl and a half" of meth around 8 p.m. on Aug. 4. Afterward, the male left and Spahe went to the grocery store.
Spahe told police she had several missed calls from Yazziee-Miller through Facebook Messenger and received a message that something was wrong with the baby and she was not breathing.
The 11-month-old infant was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center then flown to the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque.
She is in the ICU with injuries including several skull fractures, according to Farmington Police Department spokesperson Georgette Allen.
Spahe's remaining children are in CYFD custody, Allen said.
The couple made their first appearance Thursday in Farmington Magistrate Court on the new charges.
Spahe is being held at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $3,000 cash or surety bond.
Yazziee-Miller is being held without bond after District John Dean Jr. ruled in favor of the prosecution's motion during a Aug. 9 hearing in Aztec District Court.
Their preliminary hearings is set for Wednesday morning in Farmington Magistrate Court.
Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.