HOBBS, N.M. (KBIM-KRQE) - Police responding to a medical call in Hobbs Friday morning found a 21-month-old child dead and later arrested the infant's mother and the man who was with her.
Melinda Copeland, 21, and Christopher Elliott, 27, are both charged with child abuse resulting in death and a separate charge of child abuse related to a 3-year-old child of Copeland's, according to the Hobbs Police Department.
Police and medical responders were called to a home in the 400 block of West Alton Street after someone called 911 around 6 a.m. saying a child was not breathing. The child was pronounced dead at the scene by a representative of the Office of the Medical Investigator, police said in a news release.
Further investigation led to the abuse charges, police said.
Additional details of the investigation, the gender of the children and Elliott's relationship to Copeland have not been released.