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Another case of a single mother who would rather watch her child being abused and murdered rather than leave her evil boyfriend.

  • Jeremiah Valencia who was found dead in January was forced to live in a dog kennel without food before he was beaten to death by his mother’s boyfriend, authorities say
  • His body was discovered buried in a plastic roadside storage bin
  • Police believe Valencia was punched several times in the face and stomach by his mother’s boyfriend, Thomas Ferguson, before he died in November 
  • Ferguson, Valencia’s mother Tracy Pena and Ferguson’s son Jordan Nunez were arrested and charged with the teen’s murder and are being held without bond 


( Daily Mail ) A teenage boy who was found buried in a grave on the side of the road near his home in New Mexico had been raped  and burned before being beaten to death.

The body of 13-year-old Jeremiah Valencia was discovered in January buried along New Mexico State Road 503 near Nambe, two months after he was allegedly beaten to death by his mother’s boyfriend, Thomas Ferguson.

But new details have come to light that suggest the teenager was actually  sexually assaulted and burned. The child was also forced to live in dog kennel which was used to hold him as he was being abused, the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department said.

Family members have told deputies that Ferguson kept Jeremiah inside the kennel as punishment, often making him sleep there and forcing him to wear adult diapers.

New court documents suggest Jeremiah’s body had lacerations consistent with sexual assault and that portions of his body ‘had possibly been burned.’

Police believe Valencia was fatally beaten by his mother's boyfriend, Thomas Ferguson, around Thanksgiving at their Nambe, New Mexico home. He had been forced to live in a kennel


Detectives obtained permission from a judge to search for evidence which corroborated the findings. An autopsy found Jeremiah was buried in a diaper.

Ferguson, 42; the boy’s mother Tracy Pena, 35; and Ferguson’s 19-year-old son Jordan Nunez were arrested at the start of February and charged with abuse of a child resulting in death, tampering with evidence, and conspiracy to commit tampering with evidence.

They are being held without bond.

Blood ‘not visible to the naked eye’ was discovered inside Ferguson’s bedroom, as well as Jeremiah’s bedroom, when police used a special light to search his room.

Meanwhile, his sister told investigators that Nuñez and Ferguson washed Jeremiah’s body in the tub ‘to clean the blood off him’ before placing him in his bedroom, where Peña has said she found him dead, wrapped in a blanket.


Read more: Boy, 13, was ‘raped and burned before being beaten to death’ and buried in a shallow grave


Ferguson's son, Jordan Nunez (center) was also arrested in connection to Valencia's death. Mugshots of Ferguson (left), Nunez and Pena (right) released by the Santa Fe County Sherif

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