Child Murder Suspect Arrested on DNA Evidence

NEWLY RELEASED COURT DOCUMENTS SHOW 6-YEAR OLD ARIANA ROMEO WAS STRANGLED TO DEATH IN RIO RANCHO IN AUGUST. THEY ALSO SHOW THE GIRL WAS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED. THE PERSON WHO ALLEGEDLY COMMITTED THE CRIME, 21 YEAR OLD LELAND HUST, MADE HIS FIRST COURT APPEARANCE TUESDAY IN SANDOVAL COUNTY.

HUST IS CHARGED WITH CHILD ABUSE RESULTING IN DEATH AND CRIMINAL SEXUAL PENETRATION. HUST WAS ARRESTED FRIDAY NIGHT…NEARLY TWO MONTHS AFTER THE MURDER OCCURRED. DETECTIVES SAY THEY WERE ABLE TO LINK HUST TO THE CRIME THROUGH DNA EVIDENCE.

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