Commonwealth v. Alton Chavis; Murder of 3-Year-Old Daughter Draws 25 years in Prison

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced today that Alton Thomas Chavis Jr., 30 years old, formerly of the 1500 block of Magellan Drive in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge H. Thomas Padrick, Jr. for Second Degree Felony Murder.  Judge H. Thomas Padrick, Jr. accepted the 25 year plea agreement today and sentenced Chavis to 40 years in prison with 15 years suspended, leaving 25 years to serve.   The 25 year sentence was above the 21 year 4 month high end of the sentencing guidelines.

Chavis pled guilty on March 28, 2016.  Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth's evidence would have proven that on May 7, 2015, Alton Chavis was home alone with his 3-year-old daughter, Camber, while Camber's mother was at work.  Chavis became frustrated with Camber, so he threw her into the bathtub, where she hit her head on the shower faucet.  Chavis also picked up Camber and dropped her on the floor several times because he was frustrated with her.  Finally Chavis placed a pillow over Camber's face and used both hands to hold it down until she stopped moving.  Camber then had a seizure. 

Chavis called his wife and asked her to come home from work because Camber had a seizure.  When Camber's mother got home, she determined that Camber needed medical attention.  Chavis and his wife took Camber to Sentara Princess Anne Hospital. She was evaluated and transported to the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters (CHKD) in Norfolk, where she was diagnosed with a skull fracture, retinal hemorrhages, subdural hemorrhages, and multiple bruises.  Camber succumbed to her injuries on May 8, 2015. The cause of death was blunt force head injuries.  Chavis admitted to detectives with the Virginia Beach Police Department that he inflicted those injuries on Camber because he was frustrated with her. 

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorneys Paul J. Powers and Caitlin A. Parker prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.