Portales mother’s hearing postponed

Freedom Newspapers

A 24-year-old Portales woman charged last week with killing her son will undergo a competency evaluation before going in front of a grand jury, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler.

Teresa K. Gilman was scheduled to appear before a Roosevelt County grand jury Wednesday on charges of first-degree murder or the alternative charge of child abuse resulting in death.

Chandler said the competency evaluation can take 60 to 90 days.

Gilman was charged in connection with the Jan. 4 death of her son, Lorenzo “Lenchito” Cabral Jr., 6. She is being held without bond at the Roosevelt County Detention Center.

Autopsy reports indicated the preliminary cause of the boy’s death was head trauma, but drowning could not be ruled out as a cause.

Witness interviews contend that Gilman poured water into the boy’s mouth after he was unconscious, according to the arrest affidavit. Statements in the affidavit indicate Gilman believed she was told by God to flush the devil from the boy with water.