New Mexico Governor’s Demand For State Agencies To Automatically Delete Records Could Affect Investigation Into Child Abuse Death

New Mexico Governor’s Demand For State Agencies To Automatically Delete Records Could Affect Investigation Into Child Abuse Death


New Mexico Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s policies requiring state employees to automatically delete their communications after 10 days may complicate efforts to investigate the death of a child whose abuse was repeatedly brought to state attention.

Last month, attorneys in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against Grisham’s Child, Youth, and Families Department (CYFD) argued the agency engaged in a cover-up to conceal caseworker conduct related to deceased four-year-old James Dunklee. According to Albuquerque News, Dunklee was beaten to death by the partner of his mother’s friend they were staying with. Zerrick Marquez now faces life behind bars after a guilty plea to intentional child abuse resulting in death.

In 2019, however, attorneys claim the CYFD had a chance to save Dunklee from a

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