Stockton Police Arrest Mother on Child Abuse Charges After Toddler Suffers Head Trauma, Dies

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STOCKTON -- A mother has been arrested on child abuse charges after her toddler died after suffering from head trauma, police said.

St. Joseph's Hospital called the Stockton Police Department Aug. 6 after a 20-month-old boy was brought in with obvious signs of trauma. He was also in cardiac arrest.

Medical staff performed life-saving measures and the child was transferred to Oakland Children's Hospital, but he was later pronounced dead.

Stockton detectives met with the toddler's mother, 24-year-old Mavis Allen, and she was booked into jail on a child neglect charge.

"Her story just wasn't adding up. Because originally it was an accident. And through the autopsy it showed it definitely wasn't an accident. There was trauma," said Joe Silva with the Stockton Police Department.

An autopsy confirmed the trauma to the toddler's head was most likely not caused by an accident. An investigation found that the child abuse allegedly happened in a motel room on Martin Luther King Boulevard in Stockton.

One woman who knew Mavis Allen spoke to FOX40 on Monday.

"She needs to be there. And I think really and truly, they should bring the death penalty back," the woman said.

The woman said her children used to play with Allen's at a Stockton shelter. For the safety of her kids, she didn't want to be identified.

But she said the short 20 months Allen's son was alive were hard months.

On Aug. 11, the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office refiled charges against Allen. The charges include child abuse resulting in death with an additional enhancement charge.

Child Protective Services has taken Allen's other two children.