HOUSTON — Priscilla Torres, the mother charged in connection to her daughter’s death made her first court appearance on Thursday and police now have a warrant out for the arrest of her boyfriend, Santiago Esparza Jr.
Torres is charged with tampering with evidence, namely her daughter’s body. Police were called out to Quail Creek apartment complex on Grow Lane on Monday and they found the body of five-year-old Sierra Patino in a closet.
Prosecutors said it was clear that she had been dead for multiple days and that people that live at the complex had started to smell a stench coming from the apartment.
Medical examiners are working to determine how the girl died.
Torres and Sierra had recently moved into the apartment with Esperanza.
Court documents say he’s a known member of the gang Tango Blast.
A warrant for the same felony charge, tampering with evidence, was filed against Esparza on Friday morning.
“There is a warrant out for his arrest and that he does have an extensive criminal history, which includes injury to a child, which includes multiple assault,” Torres’ lawyer Bryan Savoy explained.
Prosecutor Gilbert Sawtelle says Sierra went to her first day or Kindergarten on August 21st.
“Obviously this is a tragic incident. Obviously Sierra Patino didn’t deserve to die at that age. She had a lot to live for.”
Balloons, flowers & candles left outside the apartment where 5-year-old Sierra Patino’s body was found.💔 Her mother, Priscilla Torres, is charged with tampering w/evidence. Prosecutors say her boyfriend may face charges too. @CW39Houston pic.twitter.com/y3wWml4bbA
— Courtney Carpenter (@CourtneyCW39) September 6, 2019