PRESS RELEASE: Police arrest Farmington man on charges of child abuse and domestic violence

Farmington, NM – Farmington police recently arrested 38-year-old Jeremiah Harriott for abusing his fiance’s 15-year-old son. The incident occurred on January 31 at the victim’s home while his mother was at work. The mother became suspicious after her son, who is visually impaired and non-verbal, was exhibiting unusual behaviors and she saw the towel rack had been knocked off the wall. Typically, a caretaker looks after her son while she is at work, but since Harriott is off on Tuesdays, he watches him. The following morning after Harriott left for work, the boy’s mother reviewed footage from the nanny cam and observed Harriott walking her son to the bathroom. She then heard her son screaming and struggling to breath. The sounds can be heard for approximately three to four minutes. After viewing the video, the woman called police and took her son to the emergency room. An FPD detective responded and conducted an investigation. The detective learned Harriott had been physically abusing the boy and his mother. A warrant was issued for Harriott on charges of abuse of a child and battery against a household member. He was arrested and booked into the San Juan County Detention Center on February 1. He is being held on a $25,000 cash only bond.