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Grandparents of slain Albuquerque girl sue city and police

Albuquerque police say Victoria Martens was drugged, sexually assaulted, strangled and stabbed on Wednesday before she was dismembered and wrapped in a blanket that was set on fire.

The maternal grandparents of a 10-year-old Albuquerque girl who was raped and murdered last August have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city and some of its police officers.

The Albuquerque Journal reported Tuesday that the suit claims police failed to investigate child abuse reports prior to Victoria Martens' death.

The suit seeks policy change at the Albuquerque Police Department and compensation for grandparents John and Pat Martens over the loss of their granddaughter plus punitive damages.

They are the parents of Michelle Martens, who's awaiting a July 2018 trial in the death of her daughter.

Also charged in the case are Michelle Martens' boyfriend Fabian Gonzales and his cousin Jessica Kelley.

Gonzales is scheduled to go to trial in October 2018 and Kelley in January 2019.

Albuquerque police say the young girl was drugged, sexually assaulted, strangled and stabbed before she was dismembered and wrapped in a blanket that was set on fire.

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