ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – On Monday Yuma resident Maura Huntington was arrested in Albuquerque for child abuse. The arrest happened after a resident called 911 saying they saw her drive into a parking lot the wrong way at a Coca-Cola plant then hit a curb. Huntington was pulled over on I-40 eastbound. Albuquerque police say when they pulled Huntington over she had an almost empty bottle of Vodka in the back seat. She was driving with her 7 year old son in the car at the time, She has been charged with the abuse and endangerment of a child.
Maura Huntington is believed to be a ceramics teacher at Yuma High School. We spoke to the Yuma Union High School District, that could confirm a woman by that name is an employee but would not confirm at this time that it is the woman arrested in Albuquerque. The district says an investigation has begun to determine if their ceramics teacher is the woman in question.
Residents who live nearby Yuma High School expressed concern, we spoke to Marlene Mesa ,who says her children used to attend Yuma High School, she says that if Huntington is the woman arrested the district should make changes with their hiring process.
No release date has been set for Huntington or when she will be appearing in court.