Gary Johnson

Violence, politics and budget cuts top New Mexico news

On the day Victoria Martens was going to celebrate her 10th birthday, she was found dead in her family's apartment by Albuquerque police officers, her dismembered remains wrapped in a smoldering blanket.

It wouldn't be long before more unspeakable details about the girl's final moments would be unearthed by investigators and her mother and two others charged with the crime.

The brutality of Victoria's slaying sent shockwaves through New Mexico in August, but it marked only one of a handful of heartbreaking cases involving children in 2016.

On the Navajo Nation, 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike was lured by a man into his van as she and her brother played near their bus...