Michela Cordova
Michela Cordova (Courtesy of Bloomfield Police Department)

FARMINGTON — Bloomfield police on Wednesday arrested a child care worker for allegedly slapping and injuring a 5-year-old boy.

Michela Cordova, 39, of Bloomfield, is charged with child abuse, a third-degree felony.

Bloomfield police Chief Michael Kovacs said on Thursday that Cordova has been released on a $10,000 bond from the San Juan County Adult Detention Center.

Efforts to reach Cordova by phone were unsuccessful.

The victim's father contacted officers at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday about the alleged abuse, according to a press release from Bloomfield police.

During their investigation, officers discovered injuries to the boy's face that were described as "substantial" but not "life threatening," according to the release.

Kovacs said the boy's father took his son to San Juan Regional Medical Center to be checked out, and no other injuries were identified.

A trained forensic investigator on Monday conducted an interview with the child, Kovacs said. During the interview, the child told the investigator that Cordova "slapped" him on the face at her in-home child care business on April 11.

That interview, as well as the police investigation, allowed officers to obtain an arrest warrant.

Bloomfield detectives interviewed Cordova at her home on Wednesday. According to the press release, Cordova told officers that "I did it a little harder than I intended."

Cordova's residence is a registered home for child care through the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department, which is investigating the case along with Bloomfield police.

Kovacs said police and CYFD are still investigating to determine if any other children were injured while under Cordova's care.

"We've only determined the one victim so far," Kovacs said.

Kovacs said he did not know whether Cordova was still operating a child care business from her home. He said CYFD officials told him they were looking at suspending her license until the department's investigation was over.

Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 and jkellogg@daily-times.com. Follow him @jkelloggdt on Twitter.