A Bexar County Grand Jury has indicted a local mother on charges she caused her child’s death.
D’Lanny Chairez was indicted this morning for injury to a child-intentionally or knowingly causing serious bodily injury to a child. The indictment alleges that on April 28, 2021, D’Lanny Chairez caused serious bodily injury to James Chairez, a child who was 14 years of age or younger. The manner and means is listed as unknown to the Grand Jury.
Injury to a child-intentionally or knowingly causing serious bodily injury to a child is a first-degree felony punishable by 5 to 99 years or life in prison and a possible fine of up to $10,000.
Also this morning, Chairez was sentenced to five years in prison for a charge of tampering with evidence related to concealing James Chairez knowing that there was both a police investigation into a missing person case and a Child Protective Services investigation.
The Family Violence Division is prosecuting these cases in the 144th District Court.
An indictment is not a finding of guilt. A person charged by indictment is presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by a jury or a judge. Because these and potentially other cases are either pending or may be under investigation, we can make no further comment on them.
Copies of indictments may be requested from the Bexar County District Clerk. Information on court settings can be found by searching the case online or directly from the court.