Today, Maria Flores, 26, and Roberto Alcantar, 27, were arraigned in San Joaquin County Court for the death of Ares Doe, dob 03/04/2016, on or about 07/14/2018. The charges for defendant Roberto Alcantar relate to blunt force trauma injuries inflicted upon the child causing his death. There is evidence of prior abuse by Alcantar who is the boyfriend of the victim's mother, Maria Flores. Flores is charged with endangerment of victim Ares, with the enhancement listed below, due to her failure to protect Ares. Both defendants are charged with child endangerment of the 4 other children in the apartment, ages 2 months to 10 years. This case was brought to our office by the Stockton Police Department. Defendants will report to San Joaquin County Court Department 8b for further arraignment on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 8:30am. Alcantar's bail was set at no bail, bail for Flores was set at $600,000.
Preventable cases of this nature, especially crimes against children, are among the greatest travesty in our community. Together, with local law enforcement agencies, we urge the community to recognize and report signs of child abuse and endangerment. In this case, there were multiple instances where mandatory reporters, relatives, teachers, friends and neighbors failed to take action. Please do not be that person. If you see, hear, or suspect abuse is going on, speaking up could be the difference between life or death for a victim of abuse. "If you know a child is being abused physically or sexually it's important to contact the authorities immediately," said Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones. "There are many ways to report these incidents to the Stockton Police Department by either calling us directly or if you want to remain anonymous please call Stockton Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600."
This 2-year-old child may have still been alive if someone had the courage and commitment to reporting signs of abuse to local law enforcement. Signs of abuse may include; but, are not limited to:
If you are a person in a position of authority over children, you must follow the mandatory reporting laws in California related to the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) pursuant to Penal Codes 11164 through 11174.3. These laws are designed to protect children from suffering harm by requiring professionals to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect. If you fail to report suspected or obvious signs of child abuse or neglect to local law enforcement or child welfare department within 36 hours of receiving information, or you impede someone else from making a mandatory report, you will be charged with a crime.
Please, call 911 if you suspect that you are witnessing child abuse. Call the non-emergency number for your local law enforcement agency if you would like to report signs of potential abuse. Your phone call may be the reason a child's death by abuse is prevented.