A ten-year-old girl who was raped, murdered and dismembered by her mother’s boyfriend was suffering from a sexually transmitted disease at the time of her death, an autopsy has revealed.
Victoria Martens was killed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on August 23 last year, the day after her tenth birthday.
Her mother Michelle Martens, 35, had admitted she enjoyed watching her daughter being raped and sat back to watch Victoria be killed by her boyfriend Fabian Gonzales, 32, and his cousin, Jessica Kelley, 32.
She then had sex with Gonzales 20 minutes later.
Forensic reports said the girl had been raped, strangled, stabbed and dismembered.
The Albuquerque Journal said an autopsy report showed Victoria had human papillomavirus (HPV) at the time of her death, suggesting she had suffered sexual abuse in the months before her death.
Michelle Martens has reportedly told investigators she had offered her daughter online to pedophiles who wanted to rape her.
The autopsy shows Victoria had no meth in her system, contradicting her mother’s claim that she died from an overdose of meth, which she had given to relax her.
But she did have alcohol in her system.
Martens initially claimed that she and Gonzales had been attacked by Kelley, a convicted rapist, in the night, and had no idea what had happened to Victoria.
‘Jessica comes into our bedroom and asks me if I believe in God. She kept hitting me, hitting me, hitting me, punching,’ she said.
As she fled the scene, Martens claimed Kelley shouted: ‘You daughter’s dead!’
But during the course of the police interviews, her story changed: She then told cops she and Gonzales had left Victoria alone with Kelley, and the girl had died after taking some meth she found.
Martens said Gonzales and Kelley disposed of Victoria’s body – which was found dismembered and wrapped in a burning blanket – and they threatened to kill her if she ratted on them.
Police, doubting her tale, tricked her into believing that Gonzales was giving up the truth in another room.
Ultimately, she admitted the truth. She said she had sat back and watched Gonzales and Kelley rape and murder her daughter, even though the girl begged for mercy, KTLA reported.
Indeed she admitted she had watched the pair rape Victoria on at least three other occasions in the days before she was killed, and she thinks Gonzales had been abusing her for a month while she was at work.
She told cops she enjoyed watching her daughter be violated, and had let two other men have sex with her in the six months before the murder.
It is not clear if the police have traced those men or whether they have been tested for the STD which Victoria had been infected with.
Martens admitted using dating website Plenty of Fish to look for men to have sex with Victoria.
At one point a detective asked: ‘This time she died and you weren’t ready for the type of animals (Gonzales and Kelley) were?’
‘Yes,’ said Martens, ‘but I should have stopped it.’
Police discovered Victoria’s body in August, wrapped in a burning blanket in the bathtub of an apartment owned by Martens.
Some of her remains were found in a plastic bag in a hamper near the kitchen.
Investigators also sought DNA evidence from the suspects, as well as multiple electronic devices and a camcorder they believed may have been used for sexual exploitation of children.
Martens faces charges of kidnapping and child abuse resulting in death; Gonzales faces those same charges as well as child rape.
Kelley, who had been staying with her cousin and Martens after being released from jail, has been charged with kidnapping, child abuse resulting in death and child rape.
She had attempted to flee the apartment in Albuquerque when police went to arrest her and jumped off the balcony injuring her foot.
Jason Oetting, whose son was Victoria’s half-brother, said through his attorney: ‘She’s never been a monster, she got mixed up with the worst kind of people and that contributed to a downward spiral from what we can tell.’
The trial is expected to take place in October. They are all being held on $1million cash bonds.
Kelley and Gonzales have extensive criminal records while Martens only has a previous traffic citation.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Chris Summers