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Woman Facing Federal Charges for Murdering Her Two Young Sons

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

ALBUQUERQUE – A woman is facing federal charges for murdering her two young children on the Isleta Pueblo. Mariah Zuni, 32, of Isleta Village, appeared in federal court for an initial appearance today and will remain in temporary custody pending a detention hearing, which is scheduled for March 27, 2024.

The criminal complaint alleges that on March 21, 2024, Zuni used a bread knife to slit the throats of her 5-year-old son and 9-month-old son in their residence located on the Isleta Pueblo.

If convicted of the current charges, Zuni faces life in prison.

U.S. Attorney Alexander M.M. Uballez, Uballez and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office, made the announcement today.

This case is being investigated by the FBI Albuquerque Field Office with assistance from the Isleta Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Caitlin L. Dillon is prosecuting the case.

A criminal complaint is merely an allegation. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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Updated March 26, 2024

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 24-115