HENDERSON, Nev. (KLAS) — Police in Arizona took a Henderson mother into custody Tuesday on charges of killing her two children, ages one and four, according to documents obtained by the I-Team and confirmed by officials.
Henderson Police first responded to a medical emergency in the 700 block of Calamus Palm Place Monday around 6:33 p.m. When officers arrived, they soon turned their investigation into a double homicide.
Bullhead City Police said they arrested Jovan Paris Trevino, 33, at Western Arizona Regional Medical Center. She faces two counts of murder. The I-Team learned Trevino is a full-time family services assistant with the Department of Family Services which assists families and aims to protect children from neglect and abuse.
According to court documents, the victims’ father and Trevino’s ex-fiance called police to say that his children and their mother were missing. When police arrived, they found the two children deceased.
The victims were identified as Christopher Fox, 4, and Gihanna Fox, 1. The Clark County Coroner’s Office has not released an official cause of death yet.
Investigators said the father of the children did not enter the home due to an active temporary protective order, documents said.
When police entered the home, they found two bathtubs in two separate bathrooms each filled with water. Investigators said they also found Trevino’s phone, which had what they described as a suicide note on her screen. The note referenced “she could not ‘walk-off this earth and leave my precious children behind,'” documents said.
Detectives said they also found a knife with blood on it.
While at the home, detectives said they received a call from police that Trevino had checked herself into the emergency room at the Western Regional Bullhead Arizona Medical Center, saying she had just killed her two children.
Trevino told police she took a sleeping aid, drank beer and took a shot of tequila before she drowned both of her children in the bathtubs, documents said.
After killing her children, Trevino attempted suicide several times but failed, she told police. She told detectives she left the home, “believing that she could park and overheat in the car causing her death or possibly drive head-on into another vehicle causing a collision that would kill her.”
Trevino was booked into the Mojave County Jail on two counts of murder. It was not clear Wednesday when a court date would be set to extradite her to Nevada.
8 News Now spoke to the father’s family. While they would like privacy during this difficult time, they told us Christopher was very social and had a big heart and that Gihanna was sassy and loved to dance.
Neighbors are also devasted and built a memorial in front of the home.
The family has set up a GoFundMe to help with a resting place for the two children. A statement reads:
Our kids had so much life ahead of them, and we wanted to see them prosper in whatever they wanted to do in life. They will be truly missed, as our hearts are hurting right now.Christopher Fox Jr. via GoFundMe
8 News Now also reached out to Clark County officials, with the county confirming Wednesday that Trevino was a county employee. They sent the following statement:
Jovan Trevino is a Family Services Assistant with the Department of Family Services. She has been employed full-time with the County since July 1, 2019. She worked part-time as a Family Services Specialist between Jan. 30, 2018, through June 30, 2019.
As a Family Services Assistant, she generally completes paperwork, help families apply for assistance, assists with transportation, monitors visitations and performs other duties.Erik Pappa, Clark County Public Communications Director