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San Antonio, Texas mom D’Lanny Chairez arrested; James Avi Chairez still missing

D’Lanny Reaneille Chairez, 20, of San Antonio, Texas, United States has been arrested. She was charged with abandoning or endangering a child.

In October 2019, Chairez gave birth to a son named James Avi Chairez. She is 4’11” and weighs 210 lbs while he now stands 2’6″ and weighs approximately 28 lbs.

On January 4, 2021, D’Lanny and James were seen walking into a neighborhood pharmacy on Marbach Road in San Antonio. That was where and when they were last seen together.

On February 24, 2021, D’Lanny was seen without James at a local bus station near Highway 90 and SW Military Drive in San Antonio. She frequently uses public transportation in San Antonio, according to the San Antonio Police Department.

On March 13, 2021, the San Antonio Police Department officer asked the help of the public after D’Lanny’s family called the department to report her and James missing. On the same day, a specialized Federal Bureau of Investigation team dedicated to finding missing children assisted more than 50 San Antonio police cadets and officers and K-9 search teams at a local park where credible information placed the missing mother and child.

Detectives believed that D’Lanny and James were in danger. San Antonio Police Department officer Alisia Pruneda told News 4 San Antonio, “We do strongly believe someone, patrons of the store, clerks that were working during that time saw D’Lanny and James in the location, around the location, that can give us some details as to who they were with, and where they may be.”


When D’Lanny was found, she was not with James. She was arrested and booked into jail on the morning of March 16, 2021.

The investigators who searched D’Lanny’s trailer found a bedsheet from a crib with human blood on it. While the mother refused to answer questions from the investigators, she told them she considered giving up James for adoption because she did not feel prepared to be a mother, KSAT has learned.

D’Lanny is being held on a $250,000 bond. The San Antonio Police Department is asking individuals who know James’ whereabouts and who he may be with to call the department’s Missing Person’s Unit at 210-207-7660.

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