Taos trial cancelled for man accused of battering wife, newborn baby

Plea conference set


A trial scheduled to begin in Taos this morning (Dec. 18) in the case of Rafael Orozco, a man accused of battering his girlfriend and newborn baby at Holy Cross Hospital in 2016, has been cancelled pending a plea conference set for next week.

State prosecutor Tim Hasson of the Eighth Judicial District Attorney's Office filed the request for a plea conference on Dec. 14, though details of a plea deal were not available as of publication. A request has been submitted with the office for further details regarding the proposed plea deal.

The case stems from an event that took place at Holy Cross Hospital on Sept. 21, 2016, when Orozco, 23, allegedly struck his girlfriend and newborn baby. When confronted by hospital security, Orozco also was accused of assaulting a guard before he fled.

The event set off a lockdown at the hospital and a search for Orozco, who was arrested and charged with two felony counts and one misdemeanor in connection to the event. Following an altercation with a guard at the Taos County Adult Detention Center on Sept. 28, Orozco was transferred to prison with the New Mexico Department of Corrections, pending the outcome of the case.