A California man was arrested in connection to the death of his 4-year-old daughter. Kevin Carames turned himself into authorities on Wednesday on felony child abuse charges. Police arrested Carames’ wife Zulma Chavez-Ventura in November.
In November 2018, police responded to a call of a non-responsive child at the home of Carames in Stockton, California. Authorities transported the girl to the local hospital and attempted to stabilize the girl.
Carames and his wife told investigators that their daughter, Serenity, had walked into a bunk bed ladder. However, injuries found via scans at the hospital were inconsistent with that story.
Doctors found old and new blood on Serenity’s brain. Additionally, Serenity suffered retinal hemorrhages which doctors determined could only happen from substantial shaking.
On November 25, Serenity died as a result of the injuries. Then on November 27, 2018, police arrested Serenity’s stepmother Zulma Chavez-Ventura on murder and child abuse charges.
After Chavez-Ventura’s arrest, Serenity’s biological mother spoke out about the abuse of her daughter. She told local media her son’s told investigators that their stepmother frequently stomped, kicked, and punched them.
Despite the arrest of Chavez-Ventura, Carames remained utterly silent. Family members spoke out on his behalf. Supporters of Carames proclaimed his innocence to multiple media outlets.
Then after nearly two months of investing, Stockton police filed a criminal complaint against Carames on January 8, 2019. The court charged Carames with three counts of felony child abuse resulting in injury or death.
According to sources connected to Carames, he turned himself in on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. Court records indicate his bail is set at $450,000.00. The court will arraign Carames later today.
Despite the arrest, police have not released any more details about Carames’ involvement. Sources connected to Carames told me that they found his involvement in the murder and abuse of his daughter hard to believe.
Felony child abuse resulting in death or injury carries a sentence of up to 6 years in prison. With three counts against him, Carames could spend up to 18 years in a California prison.
*Katie Joy is a blogger and freelance writer. Her work is featured on Upworthy, Huffington Post, Yahoo Parents, Mamamia, Daily Beast, Cafe Stir, Newsweek, Jezebel, and The Daily Mail. She writes articles on parenting, disability advocacy, debunking pseudoscience, atheism, and crimes against women and children.
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