Cops: Adults tortured kids with battery

LOS LUNAS, N.M. (KRQE) - Friday, Valencia County Sheriff's Deputies arrested four people, who they believe, have been torturing children.

Deputies said the adults used duct tape to tie the kids to a chair, put a towel over their heads and shocked them repeatedly with an electric battery.

A half dozen Valencia County Sheriff's Deputies converged on 1519 Mario Drive in Los Lunas Friday. Deputies said that inside the home, four children suffered.

The four children said to be tortured are a 3-year-old, two 4-year-olds and a 6-year-old.

"These innocent children were treated like livestock," Deputy Sheriff Joe Martinez said.

A person familiar with the situation spoke with News 13 under the condition that we disguise their identity.

"I've actually heard kids screaming, kid actually," the person said. "I want to see them pay; I want somebody to pay for hurting those kids."

Deputies caught Anthony Welker at the home early Friday evening. He is the father of three girls who were in the home.

Welker wouldn't speak to cameras, but he led deputies to a park where the mother of the girls, Kimberly Galczynski, was arrested.

The man investigators said was the most sadistic suspect, Gerald Tunnell, not only shocked the children but also beat them with a belt, according to deputies. The criminal complaint said that Welker also used a belt to beat the children.

Tunnell is not related to any of the children, but his girlfriend Brenda Mundo is. Mundo is grandmother to the three girls and the guardian of the boy, who the children said, was abused the most.

All four adults are jailed on $1 million cash bonds, and have been charged with child abuse, kidnapping and conspiracy.

The state has taken the children and put them in a safe place.

Updated: Saturday, 13 Jun 2009, 2:53 PM MDT
Published : Friday, 12 Jun 2009, 11:11 PM MDT