PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police arrest mother in child abuse case

JOLYNN SPAHEFarmington, NM – Jolynn Spahe, 34 of Farmington, was arrested yesterday for placing her child in a dangerous situation. Spahe’s 11-month-old daughter was flown to UNM Children’s Hospital in Albuquerque with multiple skulls fractures after being left with Spahe’s boyfriend Jeremiah Yazziee-Miller. Miller was arrested Sunday on the charge of child abuse resulting in great bodily harm.

Detectives continued their investigation into the incident and learned that Spahe typically doesn’t leave her children with Miller because she doesn’t trust him. However, on August 4, she and Miller smoked methamphetamine together while the children were in the home. She then went to the grocery store leaving her children in his care. Detectives obtained a warrant for Spahe’s arrest on the charge of abuse of a child in the first degree for placing in dangerous situation. She was arrested yesterday afternoon on the warrant as well as an unrelated outstanding warrant.

The baby remains in critical condition.

Press release on Miller’s arrest can be read here.

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PRESS RELEASE: Farmington man arrested on charge of child abuse

JEREMIAH YAZZIEE-MILLERFarmington, NM – Farmington police were dispatched to the 2400 block of Farmview Lane around 10:25 p.m. on Saturday for an 11-month-old female who wasn’t breathing. The baby was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center and was found to show signs of trauma including multiple skull fractures. She was flown to UNM Children’s Hospital in Albuquerque.

Detectives investigating the incident learned that 37-year-old Jeremiah Yazziee-Miller of Farmington was watching his girlfriend’s, of one month, six children in their Farmington home while the mother was grocery shopping. Miller messaged his girlfriend through social media to inform her something was wrong with the baby. Miller then called 911 and reported the baby wasn’t breathing. By the time the mother returned home from shopping, the baby had been transported to the hospital.

Further investigation into the incident revealed that Miller had shaken the baby and hit her head on an unknown object. A warrant for Miller’s arrest was obtained early Sunday morning. He was booked into the San Juan County Detention on the charge of abuse of a child resulting in great bodily harm, a first degree felony.

The baby remains in ICU at UNM Children’s hospital. The five other children, ages ranging from 21 months to 11 years old, have been removed from the home. The mother is also under investigation at this time.

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.