The better question may be what is she not hiding after embattled alleged serial groper Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s administration was caught falsifying child death rates at the Children, Youth, and Families Department (CYFD).
The former CYFD secretary Brian Blalock lied to legislators in July, claiming “New Mexico is below the national average in both child abuse-related fatalities and child maltreatment.” However, the newly unearthed statistics by legislative analysts show child abuse rates skyrocketed by 200% in 2020 — an extremely different picture than what Blalock reported to legislators.
The nine-page legislative report says:
The maltreatment rate in New Mexico stood at 16.9 per 1,000 children in 2019, [the] sixth highest in the nation and well above the national average of 8.9.
The rate of child maltreatment fatalities in New Mexico more than doubled from 2.3 per 1,000 children in 2019 to 4.8 in 2020.
New Mexico has the second-highest percentage of children suffering from repeat maltreatment in the nation. In 2019, about 12% of the state’s children who were victims of maltreatment had another case of maltreatment within six months, higher than every state but New York.
So, why was Lujan Grisham’s CYFD hiding this data? Could it be because in 2022 she will have to face voters on this issue and her agency’s failure to protect children is at the bottom of the rung, sitting at #45 highest?
These horrifying reports showing the Governor’s agency lied to legislators comes after the agency fired whistleblowers Cliff W. Gilmore and Debra Gilmore after they brought to the attention of the Department that its use of the “Signal” application to communicate and delete correspondences after certain periods of time violated government transparency (sunshine) laws in the state.
After they brought this to the attention of Lujan Grisham’s CYFD by saying the use of the app was “detrimental to the credibility of and the public’s trust in government institutions and their leaders,” both were fired.
A subsequent report found that the Governor’s Department of Information Technology supported the systematic deletion of messages and this was even normalized across the board in all agencies via the use of “Microsoft Teams” to systematically delete all agency messages on the program after 24 hours.
So, even if New Mexicans wanted information pertaining to child abuse cases in the state, they could not access this vital life or death information because the Governor’s Department had already deleted it.
Was Lujan Grisham purposefully instructing her CYFD secretary to delete these messages and did she give the order to falsify child abuse data in New Mexico? We may never know, but we do know that her agency is complicit in hiding and falsifying data regarding the most innocent and vulnerable in our communities: our children.