Mother charged with kidnapping in Española Amber Alert case

Amanda Martinez
Santa Few New Mexican
Posted 2/7/20

Tanya Dixon, the mother of an infant who was the subject of an Amber Alert on Wednesday evening, has been arrested and charged with kidnapping and custodial interference in connection to her son’s disappearance in Española.

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Mother charged with kidnapping in Española Amber Alert case

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Tanya Dixon, the mother of an infant who was the subject of an Amber Alert on Wednesday evening, has been arrested and charged with kidnapping and custodial interference in connection to her son’s disappearance in Española.

Less than 30 minutes after the Amber Alert was issued, Española Police Department spokesman Jeremy Apodaca confirmed that Joziyah Martinez, who is around 2 weeks old, was safe at the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families office in Española.

According to a criminal complaint filed Thursday in Santa Fe County Magistrate Court, Dixon’s mother, Shirley Gurule, who is Joziyah’s custodial guardian, said she had not seen the boy since Saturday.

Gurule told officers that Dixon had come to her home and began packing all of the baby’s items in plastic bags and refused to tell her where he was or how he was doing, the criminal complaint states. Gurule also told officers she had seen Dixon go inside a house across the street from her apartment, but did not see Joziyah with her.

The neighbor, Heather Archuleta, told officers that while Dixon had been at her house, she did not have the baby with her. Dixon told Archuleta “the state took him,” according to the criminal complaint.

When CYFD employee Adalina Lucero arrived at Gurule’s apartment complex, she told officers she saw Dixon and her boyfriend, James Maes, leaving at a high rate of speed, the criminal complaint states. She did not know whether Joziyah was with them.

Española police Chief Roger Jimenez said in a Thursday telephone interview that Dixon then lead officers “on a wild goose chase.”

“[Dixon] told us at first that she was going to return the baby to the CYFD office,” Jimenez said. “We waited there for about 40 minutes. That didn’t happen. Then they called back and said we are going to meet in a different place.”

Maes called Lucero around 4 p.m. while she and Officer Jerome Broyles were at the CYFD office, the criminal complaint states, and Broyles told him to bring the baby to them immediately.

Maes replied that “no one needs to get hurt” and he would need 10 to 15 minutes to get Joziyah to the office, according to the criminal complaint.

After waiting for 40 minutes, Broyles left to enter Joziyah into the National Crime Information Center as a missing and endangered person and speak to New Mexico State Police about issuing an Amber Alert, the criminal complaint states.

Dixon then called back and told officers she was with Joziyah at the Walgreens in Española, but police were not able to find her. Dixon then told officers she was at Walmart, but again, officers could not find her there, the criminal complaint states.

Within minutes of the Amber Alert being issued, which sent out an emergency alert text message, Dixon and Maes met officers with the baby.

While at the CYFD office, Dixon told an officer she took Joziyah after she and her mother had an argument, the criminal complaint states. Dixon made her first appearance Thursday in Santa Fe County Magistrate Court, where Magistrate David Segura released her on an unsecured appearance bond of $2,500 and GPS monitoring.

As part of her conditions of release, Dixon is not allowed to have any contact with her son or go to the apartment where he lives.

Dixon is scheduled to make her second appearance in Magistrate Court at 8 a.m. Feb. 19.

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