Two-year-old boy brought much joy to family

Chelle Delaney

By Chelle Delaney
Quay County Sun

Thomas Lee Prieto had a favorite blanket, a favorite cartoon character — SpongeBob SquarePants — and an outgoing personality.

“He was like Linus with his blanket,” said his mother, Monique Garcia.

“When you’d go to the grocery store, he’d say hi to everybody,” said Rachel Garcia, Thomas’ grandmother.

The 2-year-old Tucumcari boy died Sept. 20 at an Amarillo hospital. Officials say he suffered spinal and brain hemorrhaging. Monique Garcia’s boyfriend of two years, Marcos Martinez, 22, is charged with an open count of murder and child abuse.

Martinez was babysitting Thomas while his mother worked at McDonald’s, where is she a manager, Monique Garcia said.