Drug Dealing Mom Charged after Critically Injuring Young Son
Updated: Sep 22
BY: ABQ RAW staff
POSTED: 09/22/2023 @ 1PM
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SW Albuquerque -
APD detectives charged Davona Chavez overnight for a shooting at her home that resulted in life-threatening injuries to her 7-year-old son.
Chavez is charged with child abuse resulting in great bodily harm, child abuse not resulting in great bodily harm, and trafficking a controlled substance. She was booked overnight into the Metro Detention Center. Her son is in critical condition at a local hospital after suffering a gunshot wound to his head.
Chavez, 27, told detectives that her boyfriend, Marqurion Rodgers, picked her up from work, and they got into an argument on the way to their home at 8928 Lower Meadows Tr., S.W. She said Rodgers became violent when they arrived at the house, so she gathered several relatives, including children, and took shelter in a small bedroom. She asked her cousin to retrieve two guns from the car, one of which belonged to Chavez and the other to Rodgers. Chavez placed the guns underneath her and told Rodgers not to enter the room, warning him that she would call the police.
Chavez told detectives that she threatened to shoot Rodgers if he touched her cousin, and he exited the room. However, he later returned and advanced toward her with his hands raised. She said she discharged one of the firearms once, striking Rodgers in the leg. She then noticed her son had been hit and provided first aid.
Rodgers left the house on foot. Responding officers found Rodgers down the street from the home with a gunshot wound to the leg. He had approximately $2,000 in cash with him. He was transported to a hospital for treatment. However, when questioned by detectives later, he claimed he had been shot by an unknown person while playing video games, even though he had initially called 911 and stated that his girlfriend had shot him.
Detectives also found a large amount of illegal drugs and evidence of drug trafficking, as well as more than $10,000 in cash. Chavez said the drugs and cash belonged to her.
Detectives decided to seek an arrest warrant for Chavez based on the totality of the circumstances, including the fact that she discharged a firearm in a small, poorly lit room in a direction where she knew two minor children to be. Additionally, detectives determined that there was probable cause to charge Chavez with trafficking a controlled substance. The condition on the boy was still listed as in critical condition with severe injuries.
It should be noted that Chavez was charged with firing a gun into the air with her children in the car during a dispute over baby mama drama with another woman. That case was dismissed in 2018 because two witnesses did not show up for pre-trial witness interviews with the district attorney's office.