Houston police have filed charges against a second suspect in the death of 5-year-old Sierra Patino, who was found dead at the Quail Creek Apartments in Northwest Houston last week.
According to the Houston Police Department, 30-year-old Santiago Esparza Jr. was arrested Sept. 6 and charged with tampering with evidence, namely a human corpse.
Court documents say Esparza is the boyfriend of the girl’s mother, 27-year-old Priscilla Torres, who was charged with the same crime last week. The two allegedly hid Patino’s body in a closet for several days after her death, according to multiple media reports.
Investigators are awaiting results of an autopsy by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences to determine Patino’s cause of death. Torres and Esparza could face additional charges in the ongoing investigation, according to HPD.
Anyone with additional information on this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477.