Monday, March 3, 2014

Nine year old Omaree Varela's pleas for help ignored by everyone and now he is dead

Updates at end of blog *last update 4/10/2014. In this heartbreaking 911 call you can hear the mother and step-father of little Omaree screaming and cursing at him.  I've edited in the house call made by police when dispatched after the little boy made the call.  You will see how smoothly this couple lies to police - police that never bothered to listen to the actual 911 call.

This was the second 911 call Omaree had made for help, both calls were largely ignored by police. Omaree was only nine years old.  He tries to just say "yes" and "no", but that is not good enough for his monster parents.  His step-father says to him, "I hate you more than I've ever hated anybody in my whole life".

A few months after this 911 call was made, his mother, Synthia Varela Casaus, kicked him to death.  Omaree's biological father has not been around for years.  He said he found out about Omaree's death on the Internet.

Timeline of abuse to Omaree:

December 2012:  Synthia, Omaree's mother was seen kicking Omaree in his stomach and his leg at a phone store.  A customer called police and a report was made.

October 2012: a teacher called authorities after noticing bruises on Omaree.
When officer Jennifer Jara arrived at the school, she said the CYFD worker had Omaree and his mother together in the same room, and even though Omaree had already told the school authorities that his mother had beaten him with their house phone, he changed his story when officers arrived.

Now, APD said Jara and her supervisor at the time are part of an expanding internal affairs investigation.  She never turned her report over to the DA for charges.

June 2013: someone called 911 at Omaree's home. On that call, two adults were brutally, verbally abusing a child.

December 2013:  Omaree succumbs to injuries suffered by the hands of his mother who kicked him in the stomach and head until he passed out and eventually died.

Synthia Varela Casaus, mother of Omaree
Finally, without their main motive being to file a lawsuit, the NAACP is doing the right thing in seeking justice for little Omaree:
Today the leader of Albuquerque’s Macedonia Baptist church, the Albuquerque NAACP and the state chapter of the “Southern Christian Leadership Conference”, threw their support behind a new petition.
The three community groups are making three demands, first that APD fire the two officers who responded to Omaree’s home in July and didn’t file a police report following an abusive 911 call.
Second they want the secretary of CYFD Yolanda Deines fired, and finally they want Omaree’s step father Steve Casaus to face charges. [LINK]
Omaree watches as the police leave his house never knowing he made the 911

Omaree's mother, Synthia Varela Casaus' first court appearance.  She tells reporters, "it was an accident, I was disciplining him and I kicked him the wrong way".

In court it was pointed out that this was not Synthia's first time to be incarcerated - 21 felony arrests, 2 failures to appear, 8 probation or parole violations.  The Judge ordered a $100,000 CASH only bond. 

UPDATE:  Omaree Varela stepfather arrested [aricle & video]
By Tim MaestasUpdated: Sunday, March 9, 2014, 8:49 pm
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The stepfather heard berating 9-year-old Omaree Varela in a 9-1-1 call months before the boy was killed, was arrested early Sunday morning by Albuquerque Police.
Albuquerque Police said Steve Casaus was driving drunk, and had a slew of drugs on him.
Officers said Casaus was swerving, speeding, and ran several red lights. When they stopped him near Carlisle and San Mateo, police said Casaus had drugs, electronic scales, and needles in his car.
“What we found was large amounts of marijuana, methamphetamine, and what appeared to be black tar heroin, so at that point the charges kind of changed because now he’s looking at a felony charge of drug possession,” explained officer Simon Drobik, of the Albuquerque Police Department.
KRQE News 13 is told it’s still up to the District Attorney’s office to decide when and if Steve Casaus could face charges in the death of Omaree.
Two more officers suspended over the Omari Varela case:
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —Albuquerque police officer Jennifer Jara and Lt. Natalie Sanchez have been suspended because of the way they handled a 2012 incident involving Omaree Varela, Target 7 has learned.  Jara was suspended for 40 hours and Sanchez was suspended for eight hours. Their suspensions include additional classroom time and further training on child abuse laws. Read More