Slain 9-year-old Omaree Varela called 911 for help months before death
Disturbing, cruel statements fill 21-minute 911 call
By Nancy Laflin
Feb 03, 2014
Target 7 uncovered a chilling and disturbing 911 call that was likely made by the child himself. It’s a cry for help that authorities said was made by Omaree Varela just months before his death.
The 911 call was made June 22, 2013. Omaree is crying and scared, and he is being verbally abused and berated. It was the second time the boy turned to authorities for help, and the second time those cries from a terrified child were ignored.
“I’m trying to teach the (expletive) something man,” says a male voice on the 911 call.
What the adults on the call likely don’t know is they’re being recorded by police dispatchers.
“You don’t want to learn. You want to live a hard life like that. Don’t you Omaree?” says the man on the call.
Things went from bad to worse when the 9-year-old apparently spilled food.
“I swear I’m going to (expletive) have a nervous breakdown. Mainly because of this (expletive) right here. You make everybody sick around you Omaree. Everybody! You make me and your mom (expletive) sick man! I can’t stand you Omaree,” said the man on the call.
The verbal abuse continues. Police traced the call to Omaree’s home at 4909 Comanche NE.
“That’s not a (expletive) rug burn man,” said the man on the call.
“Not a (expletive) bruise either. That’s not a bruise. This doesn’t hurt. So don’t act like it hurts,” says a woman on the call.
“He’s a (expletive.) Everything (expletive) hurts you,” says the man in response.
“How can it hurt you one day and not the next day Omaree? It doesn’t, does it?! You just want attention right!? Right,” says the woman in response.
The tirade continues. The adults still do not know that someone has called for help
“Yeah, (expletive) beat the (expeletive) out of you Omaree,” says the male.
Then, the child screams out “stop, please.”
“Shut the (expletive up) up before I really pop you hard man,” says the male.
“You caused this on yourself Omaree. Cause you don’t want to (expletive) change do you?” says the woman.
The male on the recording tells the child he is not his father and doesn’t want to be.
“And you want me to be your dad? (Expletive)you! I ain’t gonna be (expletive) to you. Don’t you even (expletive) look at me as our dad. (Expletive) you Omaree! (Expletive) you,” says the male.
The adults scream at the boy even when he is silent.
“Why don’t you (expletive) speak for yourself man! Speak man! Use your (expletive) voice! You don’t have nothing to say but (expletive) yes. Yes what?” says the male.
More than a dozen minutes pass, and it’s more of the same.
“You make me so (expletive) sick Omaree. Not even my worst enemy has gotten me as made as you,” says the male. “I never hated nobody like you in my life, ever. You know that Omaree. I hate you more than I ever hated anybody in my whole life. And I’ve been on this earth 41 years, and nobody made me feel the way you do Omaree — ever.”
Six months after that 911 call from the home, Varela was found dead. Police arrested and charged his mother Synthia Varela Casaus.
“I didn’t do it. It wasn’t intentional,” Casaus told Target 7 as she was being transported. “It was an accident. I was disciplining him. I kicked him the wrong way. It was an accident.”
So what happened after that 911 call was made? Two Albuquerque police officers were dispatched to the home, but it was not priority call. No report was ever written.
Albuquerque police refused to comment, but Target 7 confirmed an internal investigation is being conducted.
A spokesperson for the Children, Youth and Families Department said they were not informed of the 911 call, and therefore didn’t do an investigation.
Hear the audio: koat.com