A Madera Ranchos woman charged with murdering her daughter and torturing her son could face the death penalty, and her husband – a San Joaquin County sheriff’s deputy – faces charges related to the slaying and an alleged cover-up, Madera County District Attorney David Linn said.
Linn said Amy Louise Chavoya’s husband, Gerardo Flores, will be charged with several felonies. Madera County Jail records indicate he had not been booked as of 5 p.m. Wednesday.
San Joaquin County sheriff’s spokesman Les Garcia said Flores has been with that county’s Sheriff’s Office for 11 years. He has been placed on administrative leave, but Garcia said county authorities had not been notified of any pending criminal charges against Flores. Garcia declined to comment any further about Flores’ status, saying it was a personnel issue.
Chavoya was arrested Nov. 25 on a charge of murdering her 12-year-old daughter, Mariah Flores. She also is charged with torturing Mariah and two of the girl’s siblings. The victim’s brother is a key witness against his mother, and Chavoya is charged with trying to dissuade him from testifying against her.
Chavoya remains in jail. Her next court date is scheduled for Dec. 30, but a trial is still a long way away, Linn said.
Linn said he may ask a federal grand jury to investigate local agencies that “should have kept this little girl from being tortured and murdered.” He declined to state exactly which agencies were to blame.