Trial Set for Mother Accused of Killing Son

A Portales mother accused of killing her son is heading to trial. Twenty-five year old Teresa Gilman has been ruled competent to stand trial. In February, a judge ruled Gilman competent to face charges child abuse resulting in death. Her court date is September 15-19 in Roosevelt county District Court. Judge Drew Tatum will preside over the upcoming case.

Police say Gilman is responsible for the death of her 6-year-old son Lorenzo Cabral on January 4, 2007.

Autopsy results indicated the boy died of head trauma, but drowning could have been a factor. Gilman faces a charge of first degree murder or an alternative charge of child abuse resulting in death.

Court Affidavits indicated that Gilman believed her son was possessed by the devil and God told her to flush the devil from her son. Gilman was sent to the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute for evaluation. where a judge ruled her competent for trial.

Gilman faces charges of first-degree murder or the alternative charge of child abuse resulting in death. She also faces charges of of child abuse related to other children in the Portales home, where the incident occurred.