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Fruitland Man Charged with Abandonment and Abuse of a Child

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE – Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Albuquerque Field Office, announced that Logan Nelson appeared in federal court on an indictment charging him with 3 counts of abandonment and abuse of child resulting in great bodily harm. Nelson, 20, of Fruitland, and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, will remain in custody pending trial, which has not been scheduled.

According to the indictment, in October 2022, Nelson placed Jane Doe, a minor, in a situation which endangered her life, causing great bodily harm to her ulna, humerus, ribs, tibia and right fibula.

An indictment is only an allegation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted of the most serious allegation, Nelson faces a minimum of 18 years and up to 54 years in prison.

The Farmington Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with the assistance of the Navajo Police Department and Department of Criminal Investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brittany DuChaussee is prosecuting the case.

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Updated December 13, 2023

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 23-282