SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) -- A Stockton woman pleaded guilty Tuesday, Jan. 14, to abusing her 4-year-old stepdaughter leading to her death.
The San Joaquin County District Attorney reports 22-year-old Zulma Chavez will be sentenced to 15 years to life in prison on March 22 as she faces one count of second-degree murder and two counts of felony child abuse and endangerment.
On Nov. 25, 2018, court records say a surveillance camera in the family’s Stockton home showed her yelling at 4-year-old Serenity Moore and her two siblings from a couch. Moore is later grabbed and dragged by Chavez into a bedroom and out of sight of the camera.
The camera is able to pick up Chavez telling Moore, “You’re gonna cry, you’re gonna cry,” according to court documents. The 4-year-old’s last words were, “I’m not gonna cry, I’m not.”
Records say the camera then picked up the little girl’s screams before “there is a horrific thud and shortly thereafter the crying stops.”
Moore was taken to UC Davis Medical Center with a brain bleed. She later died at the hospital.
Court records show hospital staff noted several other healing injuries on Moore’s body that were consistent with being abused.