Woman arrested in connection with death of teen found in Kearns

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KEARNS, Utah (ABC4 News) – The Unified Police Department said it made an arrest in the death of a teenager from Taylorsville whose body was found in a field in Kearns. 

Officers found the body of Julian Garcia in a field near Copper City Drive and Plumbago Avenue on Wednesday, February 27.

Investigators said Garcia was at a birthday party for another teen at the home of Kristina Theresa Valdez, 38. Police said marijuana and alcohol were present at the party.

The intoxicated teen was told to leave the home early in the morning of February 10 due to his behavior, documents state.

The medical examiner determined Garcia died of hypothermia and had a BAC of .10 and marijuana in his system.

The Unified Police Violent Crimes Unit arrested Valdez on May 30 and booked her into the Salt Lake County Jail.

She was charged with third-degree felony child endangerment and misdemeanor charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and allowing intoxication. 

A background check for Valdez shows she has previous charges of retail theft, harassment, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and dog attack. 

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