Police focusing on cellphones in brutal rape, murder of 10-year-old Albuquerque girl

Victoria Martens was drugged, raped and brutally murdered in Albuquerque in August 2016.

*Warning: Autopsy report contains graphic details*

Police say cellphone activity may yield witnesses in the death of a 10-year-old Albuquerque girl who was raped and murdered in her home.

The Albuquerque Journal reported Thursday that investigators are looking into phone and social media records of the three suspects in Victoria Martens' killing.

Michelle Martens, the girl's mother, her boyfriend Fabian Gonzales and his cousin, Jessica Kelley, have been charged with the August 2016 death.

Police said Victoria was injected with methamphetamine, sexually assaulted, strangled and stabbed before being dismembered. The killing happened on the day she was to celebrate her 10th birthday.

According to the criminal complaint, the mother told police Gonzales drugged the girl so he could calm her down and have sex with her. She said Kelley held her hand over Victoria's mouth and stabbed her in the stomach after Gonzales choked the child.

According to an affidavit, detectives say all three engaged in taking photos, chatting and other activity on Facebook before and after Victoria's death.

They say Kelley's cellphone activity shows there may be people who have important information pertaining to the case.

They are seeking court orders to get evidence from private cellphone companies.

Court records show Martens sought out men to sexually assault her daughter prior to the girl's death.

The case brought back memories of baby Brianna, the 5-month-old that was sexually assaulted, beaten, bitten, burned and strangled at the hands of her mother, father and uncle.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

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