Teen mother arraigned for child abuse

CNJ staff

An 18-year-old mother of two children was arraigned Monday afternoon for abandonment and abuse of her 9-month-old daughter.
Myrena Rodriguez of Clovis was charged with a first-degree felony of abandonment or abuse of a child, obstruction of reporting or investigation of child abuse or neglect and protective custody due to mental problems.
Magistrate Judge Richard Hollis set Rodriguez’s bond at $60,000 cash only.
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 9 a.m. July 17.
Officers had discovered Rodriguez’s 9-month-old baby abandoned, dehydrated and malnourished inside a travel trailer on Saturday, according to Clovis police.
Rodriguez’s other child, a 2-year-old boy, was with her in her apartment in the 300 block of Reid Street when police located her. The daughter was found in a travel trailer in the 1800 block of Brady Avenue, according to the criminal complaint filed in Magistrate Court.
The 9-month-old girl was listed as improving but still critical Sunday in the children’s intensive care unit at Lubbock’s University Medical Center, where she was transported by helicopter from Plains Regional Medical Center late Saturday night.