STOCKTON (CBS13) — A 21-year-old woman has been arrested in connection to the death of her 4-year-old step-daughter, Stockton Police said Tuesday.

Police said officers were called to an area hospital Sunday on a report of child abuse when the girl arrived with severe injuries which required her to be transported to the UC Davis Medical Center.

Detectives said the incident happened at the family’s residence in the 8600 block of Rice Court. Two other siblings, 4 and 5-year-old boys, were taken into protective custody by San Joaquin County Child Protective Services.

The 4-year-old girl died Tuesday from her injuries. Her stepmother, Zulma Chavez-Ventura was arrested by detectives on homicide and felony child abuse charges.

Chavez-Ventura was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail.

  1. Albert Flores says:

    This is Albert Flores and Keith Carames, both uncles of Serenity Moore, the little girl who died needlessly and helplessly at the hands of her abusive stepmother.

    We write to you with two simple purposes:

    1). People keep asking what they can do to help the family. Below is our OFFICIAL family link for a gofundme page to support Serenity’s brothers. It has recently come to our attention that a fraudulent page was created by Joleen Moore, family member to the biological mother Malinda Beach, asking for donations to help with funeral costs. The MOORE / BEACH family have absolutely NOTHING to do with these children. The funeral is 100% being paid for by the charity Victims of Violent Crimes. We have notified gofundme and are hopeful that their scam posting will be removed.

    2). We noticed that reporters are eagerly seeking out interviews with Malinda Beach, the biological mother of Serenity Moore. Please do your research better. The children (all 3) were removed from her care by CPS with just cause. It was determined that she was and may still be a substance abuser. The final straw was the car accident she and another man were in while intoxicated with children in the back seat. The interviews with this woman are ridiculous. She has not seen the children or participated in their lives for several years. She has had NOTHING to do with these children since they were infants are the reporting is infuriating to our family and reeks of a news system that thrives on getting the “juicy” story. Our family is not prepared at this time to make an official statement. We are still actively grieving and planning funeral arrangements.

    We are asking for your support:

    Help post the official gofundme page created by Loretta Mastro and consider the source of Malinda Beach and beware her statements. We believe she is already in violation of a court ordered mandate to not share information and we have been in contact with the DA’s office.

    We thank you for your time and help in this matter.

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