San Antonio mother who disappeared along with baby arrested

D’Lanny Chairez charged with abandoning or endangering a child; baby’s whereabouts still unknown

Records show D’Lanny Chairez, 20, was booked into jail early Tuesday morning on a charge of abandoning or endangering a child. (KSAT)

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio police have tracked down and arrested a woman who had been the subject of a missing persons investigation for weeks.

Records show D’Lanny Chairez, 20, was booked into jail early Tuesday morning on a charge of abandoning or endangering a child.

Need for information on still-missing 18-month-old boy ‘critical,’ police say

Police put out an alert earlier this month about Chairez who, along with her 18-month-old son, had been reported missing.

An arrest warrant affidavit says relatives told police they were concerned because they hadn’t seen the baby since around Thanksgiving.

Police also released two clips taken from surveillance cameras inside a drug store and on a VIA bus.

The store video appeared to show Chairez pushing a stroller, while there was no evidence of a baby in the bus video.

The San Antonio Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating a mother and her baby who may be in danger. Dlanny Reaneille Chairez, 20, and her 18-month-old son, James Avi Chairez, were last seen in the 7100 block of Marbach Road on Jan. 4, 2021.

The affidavit says investigators believe Chairez may have abandoned the child.

It says she refused to answer questions from investigators but told them she did not feel prepared to be a mother and considered giving the baby up for adoption.

Investigators say they searched her trailer and found a bedsheet from a crib with what proved to be human blood on it.

SAPD investigators believe baby James is still in the San Antonio area. They are asking for any information on baby James’ whereabouts and who he may be with to call SAPD Missing Person’s Unit at 210-207-7660.

Chairez is being held on a $250,000 bond.


About the Authors:

Katrina Webber joined KSAT 12 in December 2009. She reports for Good Morning San Antonio. Katrina was born and raised in Queens, NY, but after living in Gulf Coast states for the past decade, she feels right at home in Texas. It's not unusual to find her singing karaoke or leading a song with her church choir when she's not on-air.

Tim has been a photojournalist and video editor at KSAT since 1998. He came to San Antonio from Lubbock, where he worked in TV and earned his bachelor's degree in Electronic Media and Communication from Texas Tech University. Tim has won a handful of awards and has earned a master's in Strategic Communication and Innovation from Tech as well.